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    Sale 2811

    European Noble and Private Collections

    24 - 25 June 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 385

    A Japanese Arita blue and white V.O.C. dish


    Price Realised  


    A Japanese Arita blue and white V.O.C. dish
    Late 17th Century
    Painted to the central roundel with the V.O.C. monogram, surrounded by two ho-o birds (phoenix) among pomegranate and camellia, the six radiating border panels at the rim enclosing alternatively bamboo and peony divided by narrow bands of floral scrolls, minor glaze frits
    21.5 cm. diam.

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    The porcelain in the second half of the seventeenth century ordered by the Dutch from Deshima Island were copied from Chinese Wanli 'kraak' porcelain. With the collapse of the Ming Dynasty in China in 1644 Holland's great source of supply of Wanli blue and white 'kraak' porcelain suddenly came to an end, and as a consequence the Dutch turned their attention to Japan. Dishes with the V.O.C. monogram are naturally exemplary of East West relations in ceramics and the role the company played in them. No special mention is made of them in the trade documents, but it can be taken that they were ordered for the use of the company staff at the factory on Deshima and possibly also in Batavia and other factories in Asia. For a similar example, see Porcelain for Palaces, The British Museum, 1990, p. 94, no. 32; David S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, London, 1994, p. 39, no. 4; Ko-Imari Porcelain from the Collection of Oliver Impey, Barry Davies Oriental Art Ltd., London, 1997, p. 22. no. 4; and Maura Rinaldi, Kraak Porcelain, London, 1989, p. 226.

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    With paper label 'From the Collection of Mr Justice R.P. Davis- see Davis Collection, S.A. Museum. (Oriental China)' and a label of the British Antique Dealers Association.