This design made by Pronk in 1735 was the second drawing he made for the Dutch East India Company, the first being 'La Dame au Parasol' in 1734. Due to the expense of transferring the subject onto porcelain, the volume of Pronk's work is small and only two orders of this design are believed to have been placed: the first was carried to the Netherlands on the Hogersmilde at the end of 1738, followed by the second order in the next year. This may explain the variation in border design: some dishes and plates have three fishes in a cartouche, as in the present lot, and some one or two. A further simplified version of the design, which excludes the standing man, was sent to Canton in 1739. See C.J.A. Jörg, Pronk Porcelain, Groningen, 1980, pp. 26-30 for a discussion on this design.
From the same author see Pronk Porcelain after designs by Cornelis Pronk, 1980, p.76, pl.VII, kat.38
A dish of this size appears to be rare as we usually know the numerous smaller plates with this design in private and museum collections.