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    Sale 2761

    Asian Art

    20 - 21 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 232

    A rare 'Pronk Plume' saucer dish

    CIRCA 1740

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    A rare 'Pronk Plume' saucer dish
    Circa 1740
    Enamelled to the centre in lavender with a baroque palmette-shaped plume highlighted in gilt and reserved on a yellow and black trellis-pattern ground, encircled at the rim with a lavender canopy garland with tassels, minute frit
    15.2 cm. diam.

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    Often referred to as the 'Plume' pattern, this was very probably designed by the Dutch draughtsman, Cornelis Pronk, for stylistic reasons. The central plume, for example, can be found on the well of the 'Arbour' plates as well as its trellis pattern background. See David Howard and John Ayers, China for the West, vol.I, p.302, no.296, where the authors discuss the rarity of this design and conclude it is conceivable that little more than a large tea-service was made, due perhaps to the difficulty in firing the violet enamel. A similar saucer dish in a group of seven pieces from this service is in the Martin-Hurst Collection, illustrated by G. C. Williamson, The Book of Famille Rose, London, colour pl.XVIII. now in the Metropolitan Museum and illustrated by C. Le Corbeiller, Patterns of Exchange, pp.58 and 59, no.25 together with a tea-caddy. See also C.J.A. Jörg, Pronk Porcelain, 1980, Exhibition Catalogue, p.39 for a discussion on this design, and fig.15 for the Mottahedeh teabowl and saucer sold at Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 229.

    The same design on a teabowl and saucer was sold in these Rooms 17 May 1995, lot 148 and on a pattipan 13 May 1998, lot 201. In a house sale in Switzerland a teapot was sold 30 September 1996, 534; and another teabowl and saucer in our London Rooms, 9 June, 1997, 309.

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