REF No. 6786 GG
GG: Chinese export porcelain famille rose dinner plate with a view of Amsterdam
Qianlong period circa 1770
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm
from the Golden Gate Collection
A Chinese export porcelain dinner plate with a famille rose central scene of buildings at a waterfront, the rim with scattered flowers.
The floral rim here is the same as two plates with designs after Johann Esaias Nilson prints, dated circa 1769, suggesting that this was made slightly later than the dates given in most sources for this design. As well as dinner plates, it is known on teawares and on one teaservice that also includes a pair of putti supporting a monogrammed cartouche.
The scene is of the Nieuwe Stadsherberg on the waterfront of the River Ij in Amsterdam. This was an Inn where sailors could stay before departure on their voyages. It was built in 1662 and demolished in 1872.
The precise print source for this has not been found and it may have been taken from a drawing or watercolour brought to China, derived from a print or drawn from life before a voyage.
The orientation of the buildings has caused some confusion - it is a large block with two sides facing the water and this shows one side. Many of the prints show the other side which has a similar foreground (see the Nooms print right). Additionally the reversing of the image caused by the copying and re-engraving of images means that mirror print versions exist.
The view published by Pierre Fouquet in 1768 (see right) seems to be reversed but the elements are all there. The porcelain plate itself is correct. Other prints have similar boats at the front and the ‘dolphin’ (timber pyramid on the far left of the plate).
References: Scheurleer 1974, No 243, a plate; Scheurleer May 1968, Antiek, pp484-6; Le Corbeiller 1974, p108, No 45; Howard 1994, p100; Howard & Ayers 1978, Vol 1, p193; Beurdeley p190, cat 173; Hervouët & Bruneau 1986, p13, No 1.3; Palmer 1976, p95; Litzenburg 2003, p152, No 143; Jörg 1989, No 37; Cohen & Cohen 2016, No 52, another plate.