A Chinese Export Porcelain Saucer with a Design By Cornelis Pronk c.1737 – 1745
A Chinese Export Porcelain Famille Rose saucer c.1737-1745. Decorated with ‘The Parasol Ladies’ after a design by Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759).
In perfect condition.
Diameter : 11 cm (4 1/2 inches)
Geoffrey Waters 29th September 1999.
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).
Cornelis Pronk 1691-1759, Designs For the V.O.C. :
The Dutch artist Cornelis Pronk made four designs for the V.O.C. to be taken to China, copied onto porcelain and then sent back to Holland. The designs are Chinoiserie in style, two of the original water-colours are still in existence in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, ‘The Doctors Visit’ and ‘The Parasol Ladies’. The present example is somewhat different to the original design of 1734, the scene has become rather more relaxed and looks rather more Chinese. The original design shows two ladies, on holding the parasol for the other, the present example shows a young attendant holding the parasol for a lady. Chinese paintings normally show manual jobs being carried out by a younger or maybe just smaller person.