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Imari Pronk 'Lady with a Parasol' Plate, C. 1740

U302 Imari Pronk 'Lady with a Parasol' plate, c. 1740
U302 Imari Pronk 'Lady with a Parasol' plate, c. 1740
U302 Imari Pronk 'Lady with a Parasol' plate, c. 1740
Ref: U302
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Chinese imari Pronk 'Lady with a Parasol' plate, c. 1740, decorated in the centre with a lady standing by a waterbed with reed stems leaning forwards to feed waterbirds as her attendant shades her with a parasol, the cavetto with foliate garlands, the border with shaped-cartouches alternately enclosing a duck and lady against a ground of honeycomb pattern, the reverse with insects, diameter: 9 7/16in., 24cm; condition: small restored chip and frits to rim. The pattern for this plate is based on a design by the Amsterdam artist Cornelis Pronk (1691-1754) who was commissioned by the V.O.C. (Dutch East India Company) to create patterns for porcelain. A watercolour by Pronk produced in 1734-36 with a similar design can be found in the Rijksmuseum Collection; RP-T-1967-18. The first of Pronk's four designs 'the lady with a parasol' was also ordered in imari, famille rose and later from Japanese kilns. The pattern was quickly copied by the Chinese for private sale in Canton. A similar plate is illustrated in is illustrated in C.J.A. Jorg, 'Pronk Porcelain' (1980), p. 66, pl. 20. For further details also see William R. Sargent, Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum, p. 277, pl. 143. SOLD