This rare plain Chinese export porcelain dish with a gently up-curved rim has two holes pierced in the side of the foot prior to glazing, suggesting it was specially ordered in the white to be decorated in Holland. The Dutch often hung dishes and plates on the wall and it is common to find holes drilled by the Dutch to suspend Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Dutch Delft pottery was often supplied with the holes made by the potter prior to glazing as with this rare Chinese example.
The Helen Espir Collection of European Decorated Chinese Export Porcelain :
“a member of the Oriental Ceramic Society and collector, with her husband. Having made a typical collection of Song and provincial Ming blue and white, they decided to concentrate on what used to be called `clobbered` porcelain. She is the author of the standard work on the subject, European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain,2005, the first to examine the work of European decorators on Chinese porcelain throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focusing on enamellers in Holland, Germany and England. She has learned Chinese.” From Provenance ; Collectors, Dealers & Scholars : Chinese Ceramics in Britain & America (Roy Davids, Dominic Jellinek, Privately Printed, 2011. ISBN 978-0-9570148-0-0).