REF No. 6416
Chinese export porcelain teabowl and saucer, 'Pronk' palmette design
Qianlong period circa 1740
Diameter of Saucer: 4 inches; 10cm
A very rare teabowl and saucer decorated in the palmette pattern in yellow and purple, attributed to the ‘Pronk workshop’.
This is one of the rarest designs from the ‘Pronk workshop’. It is not directly attributed to Cornelis Pronk himself but elements from it are found in the Arbour pattern which is attributed to him. The rim of that pattern has small palmettes on a similar ground as here, and the design on the back of the rim is similar to the outer border here.
References: Le Corbeiller 1974, p59, No 25, ten pieces from this service; Howard & Ayers 1978, p302, No296, a teabowl and saucer; Williamson 1970, plate XVIII, sevee pieces; Shimizu & Chabanne 2003, p208, No 159, a milk jug & saucer; Jörg1989, p154, a teapot; Sargent 2012, p290, a cup with distinctive shape & a thorough acount of other examples recorded.