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    Sale 2130

    Chinese Export Porcelain

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 13

    A PAIR OF "TWO FISH" HERRING DISHES

    CIRCA 1775

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF "TWO FISH" HERRING DISHES
    CIRCA 1775
    Carefully painted with the two herring laid out in opposite directions, the notched rim with peony and scroll border
    9½ in. (24.1 cm.) wide (2)


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    Dr. Christian J.A. Jorg reports that in 1773 the Dutch East India Company's "Requirements" included a narrow dish for one herring and a wider version for two (Porcelain of the Dutch China Trade, p. 179.) A rare "two-fish" dish is in the Geemeente Museum, The Hague (illustrated by T. Volker, De Chinese Porselein Kast, cat. no. 238) and another was sold Christie's New York, 23 January 2007, lot 17. Interestingly these dishes were originally inspired by Delft, and then later themselves inspired a transfer-printed Spode earthenware pattern.