A pair of small Imari ware saucer dishes from a Cornelis Pronk's design Maximize

A pair of small Imari ware saucer dishes from a Cornelis Pronk's design

Imari porcelain
Japan
Arita kilns 17th century (1660-1690)
Edo
Diameter : 13,2 cm
French private Collection

Each saucer dish painted in underglaze blue and  overglaze red, green, eggplant, black, lilac and gold enamels. The center decorated with a woman and her maid, dressed in kimonos, one holding an umbrella, contemplating three birds among the reeds. The borderwith a concentric decoration of friezes of flowers and a "honeycomb" diaper with alternating panels of birds and small female figures. The back of the border decorated with seven insects in rouge-de-fer enamel. This decoration come from a design "La Dame au Parasol", probably created by the Dutch painter Cornelis Pronk for porcelains ordered in Asia by the Dutch East India Company. There are also Chinese versions of this pattern.

JENYNS Soane. Japanese porcelain. Pl. 46, p. 71.

Pronk Porselein. P. 72-73.

HOWARD David & AYERS John. China for the West. Vol. I, Pl. 291, p. 298.