Pair of Chinese Blue and White Saucer Dishes
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Pair of Chinese blue and white saucer dishes, Kangxi (1662-1722), decorated in the centre with two Dutch merchants accompanied by two servants holding a pipe, vase and stem-cup with a jardinière of flowers upon a table, rockwork, peony and pine, the border with foliate decoration, apocryphal Chenghua mark to base, diameter: 6 1/8in., 5.5cm; condition: good. Chinese porcelain with European merchant scenes were often personal to the original purchaser and brought to the West as souvenirs of their time in Canton and its environs. Illustrated porcelain pieces with European traders visiting a porcelain shop and observing the packing of items in a warehouse can be seen in Howard & Ayers, China for the West, Vol. I, pp. 207-215.