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Catalog Number R1989.9.1
Object Name Plate
Description Plate decorated in the Imari palette of underglaze blue and overglaze red enamel and gold with an elaborate honeycomb border with reserve panels containing birds and figures on the rim and a landscape scene with two women, one holding a parasol, with ducks and bulrushes in the center of the well. On the reverse are scattered insects.

The scene, though it appears to be Chinese in origin, was actually designed by the Dutch artist Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759). Pronk was hired by the Dutch East India Company 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, with the colors duly set down, whether blue, gilt or other colors, and in all sorts of fashions."

The fashion Pronk designed in is known as chinoiserie, which is a European adaptation of Asian design. This design, which is one of four of Pronk's drawings to survive, is known as pattern A and is often called "The Lady with the Parasol." This was the most popular of Pronk's designs, and was made in both Chinese and Japanese porcelain, and in blue and white, Imari, and famille rose colors.

Pronk's designs proved expensive to make, and the Dutch East India Company seems to have abandoned the use of specially-commissioned designs, relying instead on more on readily available prints to use as a design source for porcelain.
Year Range from 1735
Year Range to 1740
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Export Porcelain Gallery