The Dutch East India Company hired Cornelis Pronk in 1734 to "make and deliver all the drawings and models to our satisfaction of such porcelains as shall from time to time be required from the Indies." Pronk creating at least four designs each adapted for different kinds of porcelain vessels. The costs of producing these special designs were higher than buyers paid at auction, so in 1741 the Dutch East India Company ceased ordering such specialized designs.
This design, known as "Doctors' Visit to the Emperor," had many variations in design, this saucer being an example of the most simple. Pronk sent this design to Canton in 1739. Various versions of this design were put on vases, dinner services, and tea services in both blue and white and enamel palettes.
Pronk's design is an example of Chinoiserie, which is a European adaptation of Chinese design.
|Year Range from||1735|
|Year Range to||1745|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Museum Purchase|