An 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Herring Dish, Qianlong c.1753-1776. The Heavily Potted Rectangular Dish has Canted Corner and is made in Imitation of Dutch Delft Harringbakjes (Herring Dishes).
Condition: Very good, minute glaze frit to the iron-oxide rim c.2mm.
Size: Length : 23.5 cm (9 1/4 inches).
Width : 17.5 cm (7 inches).
Provenance:A Private English Collection of Chinese Porcelain.
References:For an 18th century Chinese export blue and white porcelain `double herring dish` in the Gemeente Museum in the Hague see : Porcelain and the Dutch China Trade (C.J.A. Jorg, Martinus Nijhoff, 1982) p.179 fig.89. For a Chinese export porcelain `single herring dish` and a comparison with the Dutch Delft original see : China for the West, Chinese Porcelain & other Decorative Arts for Export Illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection (David S. Howard and John Ayers, Sotheby`s,1978) Volume 1, page 84, plate 42. For a pairs of Chinese export blue and white porcelain `double herring dishes` and a pair of dishes with single herrings see : Chinese Export Art, Christie`s New York, 21st January 2009, lot 13 and 14.
Herring Dishes / Harringbakjes :
According to Jorg (`Porcelain and the Dutch China Trade`, C.J.A. Jorg, Martinus Nijhoff, 1982 p.179) the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) made two versions of these Chine de Commande porcelain dishes which were based on 18th century Dutch Delft pottery. The V.O.C. `Requirements` of 1773 included Herring Dishes of two sizes. A narrower type (14cm) for single Herring was made, as well as the double Herring Dishes like the present example (17cm). In 1753, 92 narrow and 66 wide examples were shipped to Amsterdam on the Roozenburg, in 1773, 223 narrow and 216 wide and in 1776 203 small and 203 large were sent.