Description & Technical information

Dutch Market
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;

Date:  Kangxi period circa 1720
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 23 cm (9 inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art