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On this page you'll find existing Chinese export porcelain objects for sale now offered at a significantly reduced price.


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Latest addition: November 11, 2021.


Chine de commande - Western Subjects 1680-1800 - Western Designers - Pronk, Cornelis (1691-1759) - Page 1


Object 2011964


Small saucer






Height 22 mm (0.87 inch), diameter of rim 113 mm (4.45 inch), diameter of footring 58 mm (2.28 inch), weight 79 grams (2.79 ounce (oz.))


Small deep saucer on footring, flat rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with two women by a reed border at a riverbank, one holding a parasol, the other watching three wadingbirds. On the sides a narrow band with flower sprays alternating with flower heads. Round the rim a honeycomb pattern, separated by eight panels with a paddling bird alternating with a lady holding a parasol. On the reverse seven insects.


As mentioned Pronk's design of the 'Parasol Lady' was also used on Japanese porcelain. It was not ordered by the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) but commissioned by private Dutch traders. On Japanese pieces, the Chinese ladies have become Japanese with their characteristic hairstyles and kimonos. Pronk designs were still in great demand, particularly the Parasol Lady, when VOC orders for this type of porcelain declined. Simplified versions were made at the artists' initiative, where both early Chinese and Japanese versions were used as models. This is one such late Chinese variant in Japanese style. Only deep, blue saucers of this Chinese variation on a Japanese style are known in four increasing sizes, for a saucer with a diameter of 156 mm (6.14 inch) please see;

for a saucer with a diameter of 132 mm (5.31 inch) please see; 

the body, the glaze and the cobalt blue are unmistakably Chinese. (Jörg corrects an earlier erroneous Japanese attribution based on the Japanese decorative style in his catalogue of 1980. (Jörg 2002/2, pp.144-145, cat. 99)


For identically decorated saucers with the Chinese variant in Japanese style of Pronk's design the 'Parasol Lady', please see:

Condition: Some firing flaws, a hairline and some professionally restored frits and and chips to the rim.



Vries 1923, pp.8-9

Goldsmith Phillips 1956, cat. 33

Beurdeley 1962, cat. 32-35

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1966, cat. 185

Park 1973, cat. 12 & 13

Corbeiller 1974, cat. 24

Gordon 1977, cat. 72

Howard & Ayers 1978, vol. I, pp.292-296

Jörg 1980, cat. 34

Jörg 1982/1, cat. 31-35 & cat. 40

Arts 1983, Plate 53a/b

Boulay 1984, p.262, nr. 4

Oka 1985, pp.69-76

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1989, cat. 182

Jörg 1989/2, cat. 45 & 46

Howard 1994, cat. 53 & cat. 57

Jorg 1996, fig. 85

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 328a/b & cat. 329

Arita 2000, cat. 76-79

Jörg 2002/2, cat. 98 & 99

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 324 & 325

Litzenburg 2003, cat. 170

Fuchs & Howard 2005, cat. 24

Sargent 2012, cat. 143


Price: reduced from € 749 - $ 825 - £ 667 now with 40% discount to € 449 - $ 537 - £ 383 

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)


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Chine de commande – Armorial / Pseudo-Armorial wares 1700-1800 - Armorial - Page 1


Object 2011877








Provenance: Collection W. Angevaren, The Netherlands.


Height 28 mm (1.10 inch), diameter of rim 105 mm (4.13 inch), diameter of footring 60 mm (2.36 inch), weight 55 grams (1.94 ounce (oz.))


Saucer on footring, straight rim. Decorated in encre de Chine (grisaille) and gold with a coat of arms: on a black background a white (silver) griffin with gold wings: the crest a similar griffin. The mantling of scrolling featherlike leaves is partly filled with hatched lines. The coat of arms is surrounded by scattered flower sprays. Round the rim a spearhead border. On the base a circular paper dealers label that reads: 'Collectie W. Angevaren L16' and the handwritten 'L16' in blue ink.


This is the coat of arms of the Van Riemsdijk family, a large and leading family in the Dutch East Indies in the 1700s. In total three services are known  bearing the Van Riemsdijk arms (Kroes 2007, cat. no. 165, 174 & 178) All of them were ordered by Jeremias van Riemsdijk (Utrecht 1712 - Batavia 1777). Two of them can be dated c. 1751. They were made on the occasion of the fourth marriage of Van Riemsdijk on May 2, 1751 to Adriana Louisa Helvetius (Batavia,1736-1772). Adriana was the daughter of Willem Vincent Helvetius (1705-1771) who also ordered an armorial service. Both services consist of dinner- and tea and coffee wares. The armorial design shows slight differences to the one on this saucer, particularly in the mantling. (Kroes 2007, p.188 cat. no. 103)


The earliest order was for a dinner service dated 1745-1750. It was ordered when Jeremias van Riemsdijk was second (1741) and first senior merchant (1742) and later captain of the clerks at the Castle of Batavia (1743-1747).Jeremias had a significant and influential social and family network, undoubtedly influenced by his no less than five wives of various influential families. His progression through Batavian society started in the 1750s with his appointment as extraordinary councillor of the Indies in 1754, ending as governor-general of the Dutch East Indies in 1775. It is interesting to note that he placed this order for armorial porcelain at a period of his life when he was not yet at the peak of his career. Of this dinner service only two pieces are recorded, a deep oval dish and a soup tureen. (Kroes 2007, p.262, cat 174)


There is a clear resemblance between the coat of arms on the saucer and the one on this early dinner service. It proofs that there was most likely a tea and coffee service which was ordered around or at the same time. This saucer, thus far unrecorded and only the third piece known with this particular Van Riemsdijk coat of arms, can therefore be considered quite rare. 


For the identically decorated deep oval dish, please see:

For a saucer from the tea service decorated with the Van Riemsdijk I armorial design, please see:

For a soup dish from a dinner service decorated with the Van Riemsdijk and Helvetius accollé armorial design, please see: 

Condition: a very short hairline to the rim. 



Kroes 2007, cat. no. 103, 165, 174 & 178  


Price: reduced from € 1.499 - $ 1,684 - £ 1,354 now with 40% discount to € 900 - $ 1,090 - £ 777 

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Chinese Imari 1700-1800 - Page 2


Object 2011997






Height 31 mm (1.22 inch), diameter of rim 225 mm (8.86 inch), diameter of footring 115 mm (4.53 inch), weight 342 grams (12.06 ounce (oz.))


Dish on footring with a flat, underglaze brown-edged, rim (jia mangkou). Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red, black and gold. In the centre a Chinese garden scene with a flowering peony plant and a large bamboo tree with a Lady on a swing looking down at a little dancing boy. On the sides a trellis pattern border with four flower heads. On the rim large incised lotus flower buds with a small border with floral elements. The reverse with two bamboo sprays. On the base an old circular paper collectors label.


Chinese Imari or 'Chinese Japanese' as it is referred to in the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) archives, was actually the Chinese answer to the popular Japanese Imari (after the port in Japan from which they were shipped), with its underglaze blue, iron-red and gold, that was produced in Arita for export from c.1680. (Jörg 2002/2, p.119)


This unusual dish is an interesting piece. On it the Chinese porcelain painter combined the underglaze blue and incised decoration technique with a very rare and unusual design of a Lady on a swing in 'Red & Gold' / 'Rouge-de-fer' with iron-red, black enamel and gold on the glaze.


The incised pattern is barely discernible to the naked eye unless the ware is held up to the light. The incised recesses have been filled with a transparent glaze to create a flat surface. The Chinese call this technique anhua (hidden decoration). (Emden 2015/1, p.132, cat. 122)


For an identically decorated dishes, please see:

  • Sold Ceramics - Sold Chinese Imari 1700-1800 - Flowers, Animals and Long Elizas - Page 1 - Objects 20104502011870 and 2011996. 

Condition: Some wear to the decoration. A firing flaw and two frits to the rim one with a connected hairline. 



Jörg 2002/2, p.119

Sargent 2012, p.183

Emden 2015/1, p.132


Price: reduced from € 1.499 - $ 1,648 - £ 1,354 now with 40% discount to € 900 - $ 1,090 - £ 777 

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Chinese Imari 1700-1800 - Page 1


Object 2010545








Height 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of rim 208 mm (8.19 inch), diameter of footring 130 mm (5.12 inch), weight 415 grams (14.64 ounce (oz.))


Dish on footring, straight rim. Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and gold with a flowering peony and bamboo tree growing from pierced rockwork near a fence. On the rim a diaper pattern border with eight reserves four filled with a single flower and four with a double flower. The reverse is undecorated.


Condition: A chip, three fleabites and some rough spots to the rim.


Price: reduced from 249 - $ 279 - £ 217 now with 25% discount to € 186 - $ 213 - £ 159 

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