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A famille rose Pronk ‘Doctors’ saucer dish, circa 1738-40. Estimate 4,000 – $6,000 USDPhoto Christie’s Image Ltd 2015.

Enameled after the well-known design of Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk within an elaborately enameled border of fish and bird cartouches; 9 ¾ in. (24.8 cm.) diameter

Provenance: Acquired from J. Cherny in 1975.

Note: One of the Dutch painter Cornelius Pronk’s four official commissions for the Dutch East India Co. the original watercolor design survives in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. While the experiment in commissioned designs was shortly discontinued, dinner sets, tea pieces and large jars and covers were made in « The Doctors ». See C.J.A. Jörg, Porcelain and the Dutch China Trade, pp. 99-101, and Howard & Ayers, op. cit., pp. 193-194.

Christie’s. MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION AND CHINESE EXPORT ART FROM VARIOUS OWNERS, 26 January 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

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