Description & Technical information

Dutch Market

A Chinese export porcelain dinner plate decorated in famille rose with three ships, and a border of flowers  and diaper bands in green and yellow, the motto ‘Gluckig  Arivement’ under the ships.

This is an early example of a marine subject and shows three ships flying Dutch flags, though one of them has been given the wrong colours by the Chinese artist. The inscription translates as ‘Happy Homecoming’.  The design is known only on plates and is very rare, this example having a celebrity provenance.
Howard 1994, suggests that this is probably copied from a drawing rather than a print as no source has yet been found. He mentions that the central ship has a name (St Vevuil?) which might help track down the source. Might it be the Nieuwvliet a VOC ship in Canton in 1733, on which Daniel Tuineman was second mate when he ordered his armorial service?

References: Howard 1994, p66, No 43, this plate; Howard & Ayers 1978, p198, a plate; Kroes 2007, p152, No 59, Tuineman service; Hervouët & Bruneau 1986, No 2.11; Beurdeley 1962, Cat 141.

Date:  Yongzheng period circa 1730
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: Porcelain famille rose
Dimensions: 23 cm (9 inches)
Provenance: Ex-collection Rafi & Mildred Mottahedeh; ex-collection Leo & Doris Hodroff

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art