Chinese Export butter tub, Pronk Chinoiseries , c. 1745


Rare Chinese Export butter tub, painted in underglaze blue, onglaze enamels & gold with a chinoiserie ‘Parasol Ladies’ pattern, after a design by the Dutchman A. Pronk, the lid with honeycomb border reserved with panels of small figures & birds. Circa 1745.


both pieces restored, painting in very good condition




After a design by Cornelis Pronk, depicting an Oriental lady and her parasol-bearing attendant watching three colorful waterbirds. Honeycomb diaper border reserved with vignettes of figures and waterfowl on the rim. La Dame au Parasol was one of several designs commissioned by the Dutch East India Company from Cornelius Pronk between 1734 and 1737. The designs appear in the famille rose palette and Imari. The Dutch (or private individuals) also approached the Japanese to produce sample plates decorated with La Dame au Parasol in famille rose and Arita blue and white. For a long discussion of the whole group of Cornelius Pronk designs, and the way in which they were ordered and received by the Hoge Regering at the VOC base in Batavia, see C.P.A. Jorg, Pronk Porcelain, pp. 51 and 99 -102.. According to Soame Jenyns two of the birds represented are the ruff and the spoonbill and are both natives of Holland.

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