A Chinese Export Porcelain Soup Dish c.1755. This Blue and White Porcelain Design is After a Delft Pottery Tile.
Condition: Good, the front has two minute shallow chips c.3 x 2mm and 2 x 1mm. The reverse has a tiny shallow chip or glaze chip c.2 x 1 mm.
Size: Diameter : 22.3 cm (8 3/4 inches)
Provenance:Lawrence Auctions, 16th July 2001 (one of three)
A Private English Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain.
References:For an example of this blue and white design and its European original see : A Tale of Three Cities, Canton, Shanghai & Hong Kong, Three Centuries of Sino-British Trade in the Decorative Arts (David S. Howard, Sotheby`s) page 59, item 56. David Howard shows a dish of this pattern next to a Delft pottery tile and notes : "in this case it is clear that a Delft tile very similar to the one illustrated was taken to China as a pattern. The Chinese copied the unusual building, the tree behind, the Dutch figure, the railings leading down to the shore-but they added their own river shore on the other bank and a sampan in between to `balance` the scene". A Variant of this design, with the inclusion of two dogs is illustrated in : Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain (Elinor Gordon, John Murray, 1977) page 57 item 44. Also see our `Sold Items` for an example without the two dogs, stock number 17549.