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AN ARITA PORCELAIN 'LA DAME AU PARASOL' SOUP PLATE
CIRCA 1740
The well-known scene after Cornelis Pronk now showing a Japanese lady in kimono attended by her maidservant holding a paper parasol, the elements of the scene and border all the same as the Chinese version but in a different 'hand', the reverse decorated with seven iron-red insects
9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diameter
Provenance
Benjamin F. Edwards III Collection

Lot Essay

V.O.C. records show repeated attempts to have the Pronk patterns made at a commercial price in Japan, but they were all unsuccessful and in fact the entire Pronk venture was abandoned after a few years due to narrow profit margins. See C.J.A. Jorg, Pronk Porcelain, pp. 71-3. A plate was sold in the Mottahedeh Collection, Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 233.

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