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Chinese verte-imari ‘Governor Duff’ plate, Yongzheng, circa 1725-30, decorated in the centre with a Dutchman and his wife strolling in a fenced garden accompanied by their dog, the wide border with floral sprays and a selection of the hundred antiques, all within a band of cell diaper
This design is associated with Diederik Durven ('Duff'), as it is thought to represent the Dutchman by that name who was Governor General of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) between 1729-31. A print source has not yet been identified and it has also been suggested that the couple could represent Louis XIV and Mme de Montespan, but the couple's clothing is more indicative of a Dutch subject. There is a similar example in the Rijksmuseum, illuistrated in D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, ‘Chinese Export Porcelain’, London, p. 137, fig. 203; for a similar example see D.S. Howard, ‘The Choice of the Private Trader’, p. 62, pl. 37 and William Sargent, ‘Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics’, p. 193, no. 91.