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'La Cueilette des cerises' or the 'Cherry pickers' Pierre-Antoine Baudouin (1723-1769) (Park 1973, nr. 22)
 

The scene is inspired by a print of the Frenchman Nicolas Ponce (1746-1831), after a design of Pierre-Antoine Baudouin, usually dated around 1775. Frenchman Pierre-Antoine Baudouin (1723-1769) was a pupil and imitator of of his brother-in-law François Boucher. Baudouin executed idyllic and erotic subjects. His 'La Cueilette des cerises' or the 'Cherry pickers' inspired François Boucher's large painting found at Kenwood in England. It was one of the most famous decorations on Chinese export porcelain, made for the European market around 1775

 

Groeneweg states that in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London the same more basic design of 'The Cherry Picker' - as on this bowl - is already found on a Dutch Delftware spittoon, dated on the rim "1747" and marked "MVP". Since this was only a year after Nicolas Ponce was born, his engraving couldn’t have been the inspiration for this more basic design of 'The Cherry Picker'. Groeneweg proposes that only the later Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) orders from 1778/79 of the The Cherry Picker can be connected with the engraving by Ponce. (Jörg 1978 p.162/annex 11, p.315), (Groeneweg & Braat 1988, pp.18-19), (V&A inv. C.23371910)

 

Lunsingh Scheurleer states that dishes decorated with 'The Cherry Picker' design belonged to the few porcelain that was ordered directly by the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC). In VOC archieves dating from 1777 this particular design was being refferd to as Appelplukker or appel picker. (Lunsingh Scheurleer 1989, p.217)