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."
This design, known as the Parasol pattern, was Pronk's first. The pattern was sent to Dutch merchants in Asia in 1736, and over the next decade or so they commissioned blue and white, Imari, and polychrome enamel from Chinese and Japanese potters.
Pronk used motifs drawn from Chinese and Japanese porcelain, lacquer, and textiles to create a design that, while European in origin, looked Asian.
|Year Range from||1736|
|Year Range to||1740|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Museum Purchase|
|On View||Reeves Center, Chinese Export Porcelain Gallery|
|Gallery ID Number||18|