The Dutch draughtsman, Cornelis Pronk (1691-1754), was commissioned by directors of the Dutch East India Company in 1734 to produce designs to be transferred on to Chinese porcelain, which they hoped would be more successful than Chinese designs. However, due to the expense of transferring his designs on to porcelain, the volume of Pronk's work is relatively small, and his designs ceased in 1738. The design 'La Dame au Parasol' was the first drawing Pronk made for the Dutch East India Company, the watercolour of it is in the Rijksmuseum. Services with this design are known in blue and white and in the famille rose ,
palette, as well as Chinese Imari.
See C.J.A. Jörg, Pronk Porcelain, Groningen, 1980, pp.14-28 and pp.61-73, for a full discussion of this design.