In regards to this saucer Helen Espir`s notes and indeed her books mentions that the ladies dress is decorated with oranges. It is possible that this and several other Dutch decorated designs might show royalist tendencies. William IV of Orange was elected as Stadholder of the Seven Provinces in 1747, there are a number of designs that show William IV, some with the date 1747. It is also highly likely that Dutch pride during this time and after the War of Austrian succession which ended in 1748 might show it self in designs in a less overt way. Helen Espir suggests this scene might represent William IV and Anne.
European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain 1700 – 1830 (Helen Espir, Jorge Welsh Books, 2005) page 167, plate 17 (left).
Stock number: 23677.
Robert McPherson Antiques, Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair, 7th June 1996.
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).