A large Chinese famille rose Pronk style silver mounted jug. Qianlong period
Decorated in famille rose enamels, with a distinctive Pronk-like pattern in rich enamel colors, a large exotic flower spray in the center. Silver mounts, probably German with the figure of Bacchus.
- Period :
- Qianlong (1735-1795), circa 1740
- 10.23 in. (26 cm)
- Reference :
A saucer dish with this pattern is illustrated by David Howard in «The choice of the private trader : The Private Market in Chinese Export Porcelain illustrated in the Hodroff Collection », London, 1994, p. 81.
This form was made in Jingdezhen without porcelain cover. This type of jug was adapted in Europe with pewter or silver mounts.
This apparently Chinese design clearly derives from the second design of Cornelis Pronk “The Four Doctors”, which has a very similar border formation but with more elaborate details. It is probable that the interest caused in Canton by Pronk border designs prompted a Chinese workshop to produce a similar effect at much lower cost, using patterns with which it was more familiar, for Dutch supercargoes or private traders of other countries.