This design was the first of several by the Dutch draughtsman and was commissioned for the East India Company in 1734 but due to various delays in the voyage did not arrive in the East until 1736; it was sent to China, Japan and Batavia. It is the only design by Pronk which was executed on both Chinese and Japanese porcelain, and on Chinese porcelain it is to be found in underglaze-blue and white and more rarely in famille rose enamels, in addition to the more common Chinese Imari. See the Pronk Porcelain Exhibition in the Groninger Museum and the Gemeente Museum, The Hague, Catalogue, pp.14 - 26 for a detailed account of the production of this design, including Pronk's drawings and watercolours, and the number of pieces produced; and ibid. nos. 6 - 37 for illustrations of a variety of pieces with this design. For other Chinese Imari pieces, with this design, see D. Howard and J. Ayers, op.cit., vol.I, p.299, no.292; D. F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, op.cit., no.193, and p.135, fig.36 for the drawing of the design, in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; C. Le Corbeiller, op.cit., p.54, no.24; and J. M. Beurdeley, op.cit., p.56, fig.34 .
This design was used on dinner, tea and coffee services and probably on urns; plates and dishes are most freqently to be found, with teapots, coffee-pots and milk jugs occasionally appearing, as well as more unusual shapes such as candlesticks, butter-dishes, sauce-boats, salts and tureens. See D. Howard and J. Ayers, op.cit., vol.1, p.294 where a blue and white jardinière with the Pronk design 'The Archer' is listed; however, it appears that a Chinese Imari jardinière such as the as the present lot has not been recorded.
See footnote to lot 72 for the original of this shape.