A set of five and one Dutch market 'folly' plates
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A set of five and one Dutch market 'folly' plates

CIRCA 1725

A set of five and one Dutch market 'folly' plates
Circa 1725
Painted predominantly in rouge-de-fer and gilding with sepia, blue and black enamels, each depicting at the centre a Commedia dell'Arte figure variously skipping or hopping across a tiled floor in a chequered costume, within a pencilled scrollwork border encircling the well, a frieze of demi-florettes reserved on geometrical motifs around the gilt-edged rim, rim frittings and some rubbing, one plate with a star base crack
21.1 cm. (8 3/8 in.) diam. (6)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 6 December 1979, lot 1488; Sotheby's, London, 3 November 1987, lot 848; and Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 11 May 1999, lot 261 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. J-83).
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Lot Essay

These plates form part of the second series of six plates called the 'Great Scene of Folly'. The figures are from the same source as those in the previous lot but lacking the inscriptions.
The first series is executed in underglaze blue, green, black, sepia and gilt, and is accompagnied by an inscription satirising the South Sea Bubble mania. See lot 1308 in this sale for an example from the first series.
Others from the second series are in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Kasteel Museum Sypesteijn, Loosdrecht, and Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg. (See D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chinese Export Porcelain - Chine de Commande, London, 1974, figs. 257, 259 and F.& N. Hervouët et Y. Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, pp. 216-217, pls. 9.61-9.66).


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