REF No. 6740 GG
GG: Chinese export porclain Imari palette dinner plate with European Couple
Kangxi period circa 1720
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm
from the Golden Gate Collection
A Chinese export porcelain dinner plate decorated in the Chinese Imari palette, with a central scene of a Dutch couple and a dog, surrounded by Chinese style decoration.
This scene has long been known as the ‘Governor Duff’ design after the Dutch governor of Batavia Diederick Durven (1676-1740).
However it has been shown that this costume is of a type worn as wedding dress by the Frisian community of Hindeloopen up to the mid-19th century. In the early 18th century this was a flourishing port town. The dog, symbolising fidelity adds meaning to the design.
References: Suebsman et al 2015, p97 (including an illustration of the Hindeloopen costume); Sargent 2012, p193; Howard & Ayers 1978, No 126, Lunsingh Scheurleer 1972, Fig 7; Hervouët & Bruneau 1986, p152-3, including a coromandel chest with this design; Beurdeley 1962, Cat 192;