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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 175

    A SMALL 'ROTTERDAM RIOTS' PLATE

    CIRCA 1690-95

    Price Realised  

    A SMALL 'ROTTERDAM RIOTS' PLATE
    CIRCA 1690-95
    Painted with the well-known scene showing small figures climbing haystacks and a tall ladder to reach the top of a Dutch row-house, an unruly crowd at the side with a cannon before them, the border with floral and fruit clusters on a wan-fret ground, the back with formal lotus scroll border and a six-character Chenghua mark
    8 in. (20.1 cm.) diameter


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    An example is illustrated by Hervoüet & Bruneau, op. cit., p. 204 who note that this is the earliest known example of Chinese porcelain ordered with a historical/political subject. This plate depicts the demolition of the house belonging to the Chief Baillif, Jacob Zuylen van Myevelt, on 4 October 1690, during the riots in Rotterdam, which were sparked by the brutal execution of Cornelis Kosterman, a young guard at the City Hall, whom the townspeople believed innocent.

    Literature

    Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 38, no. 3.
    Howard & Ayers, China for the West, p. 60.