Chinese Export Porcelain Pronk "Arbor Pattern" Saucer Dish

Chinese Export Porcelain Pronk Arbor Saucer Dish,


A Chinese Export Porcelain saucer dish after the ‘Arbour’ design by Cornelis Pronk (1691 – 1759) commissioned by the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or V.O.C.) in 1737. This design is mentioned in the V.O.C. archives, it is perhaps his fourth design for the company. The border contains elements copied from Maria Sybilla Merian’s Erucarum Ortus.

This Chinoiserie design shows two Chinese ladies, one seated by a table the other holding a flower under a European leafy arbour with climbing roses. Outside the arbour to the left three Chinese boys, to the right one Chinese boy appears from behind the arbour. Around the arbour a garden with two birds perched in a tree on one side and a flowering rose on the other. In the foreground two ducks on a pond.

On the rim twelve oval cartouches containing alternately butterflies, fruit and flowers, reserved on a square-diaper underglaze blue ground. The fours insects in the rim are taken from Maria Sybilla Merian’s Erucarum Ortus, published in full in 1718, and in an enlarged Dutch edition, European Insects, 1730.

Between the cartouches, there are feather plumes along the inner edge and shells at the outer edge. On the reverse around the rim tasseled lappets in underglaze blue. Dimensions:

Dimensions: Diameter: 6 1/16 inches x 1 1/4 inches high; 16.51cm diameter x 3.18cm high

Provenance: Polly Latham, Paper Label with # 4675. A large dish in this Arbor pattern was sold at Christie's NY, lot 338 26th January 2014 for $27,500.00.

Reference: A dish with this design is to be found in the Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy & Emery Reves Collection-( (Ref: NY9834-inrr)

Dealer Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.
Date: 1736-45
Origin China
Artist/Maker Chinese Export
Measurements Diameter: 6 1/16 inches x 1 1/4 inches high
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Price 3500.00
Contact Paul Vandekar, 212-308-2022 or

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