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    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 131

    A BLUE AND WHITE 'DESHIMA ISLAND' PLATE

    PROBABLY JAPANESE, LATE 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A BLUE AND WHITE 'DESHIMA ISLAND' PLATE
    PROBABLY JAPANESE, LATE 17TH CENTURY
    Showing curiously dressed, probably Western figures in a rural landscape with a bull and a village in the background, the crimped rim decorated with a wave border, on the back sketchy floral sprays and blue line borders
    7 7/8 in. (19.8 cm.) diameter


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    The view on this well-known pattern has long been called Deshima Island (near Nagasaki), V.O.C. headquarters in Japan from 1641-1862. But it probably depicts the Dutch coastal town Scheveningen, possibly inspired by a Dutch Delft plate by the well-known pottery painter Frederick van Frytom (1652-1702). Both Chinese and Japanese examples are known.

    Provenance

    Sold Sotheby's New York, 12 November 1974, lot 205