Dating: Qianlong period (1736-1795), c.1750-1775
A rare and for its time very finely painted saucer on a footring with a glazed base, decorated underglaze blue.
The representation, commenly known as “The Parasol Ladies”, after a sketch commissioned by the Dutch United East India Company or Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (V.O.C.) from the Dutch artist Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759).
According to Jörg in his book "Pronk Porselein Pronk Porcelain" This saucer dates from about 1750-1770 and shows a lady standing at the water's edge, who is making a gesture with her hands towards two birds (in Pronk's original design there are three birds) on the ground in front of her, on the right, obliquely behind her, stands a maid servant holding an ornate parasol.
After the V.O.C. ceased its orders for Pronk porcelain, Chinese porcelain painters developed their own version of Pronk's design, this saucer is a later Chinese interpretation of Pronk's Parasol Ladies.
Height: 19 mm (0.75 inch)
Diameter: 110 mm (4.33 inch)
Diameter of footring: 65 mm (2.44 inch)
Condition: Two 4 mm (0.16 inch) glaze frits, one to the front and one to the back of the rim, and four tiny
1 mm (0.04 inch) fleabites to the reverse rim only visible at the reverse.
A set of saucers was offered for sale at Sotheby's Amsterdam, sale AM 0939, November 22, 2004, obj 240
C.J.A. Jörg, Pronk Porselein Pronk Porcelain. Porcelain after designs by Cornelis Pronk, exhibition catalogue Groninger Museum Haags Gemeentemuseum, Groningen 1980, p. 69, no. 27.