A small Chinese “leaping pekinese” dish after a design of Cornelis Pronk studio. Qianlong period.

Enameled in blue with details picked out in greyish black, the leaping Pekingese surrounded by panels showing a parrot, a cockatoo, a pair of doves and a flying crane, reserved on a distinctive trellis ground.

Period :
Qianlong period (1736-1795), circa 1740
7.08 in. (18 cm)
Reference :

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For a set of six plates, see Christie’s London, European noble & private collecting including fine tapestries part I, 30 september 2014, lot 56. David S. Howard and John Ayers illustrated this design in China for the West (vol. I, London, 1978, p. 296).


This design known as The Leaping pekinese or The Pekinese and the Parrots displays close similarities to those drawn up by the Dutch draughtsman, Cornelis Pronk, who was commissioned by directors of the Dutch East India Company from circa 1734-1738 to produce designs to be transferred on to Chinese porcelain.

Although the drawings for this particularly pattern have not been discovered, such examples may well have been made in his studio, since they would appear to be of very similar date and design. David S. Howard and John Ayers refer to this design as “The Pekinese and the parrots” (China for the West, vol. I, London, 1978, p. 296) and also suggest that it may have been designed in the Pronk studio.

The size of this dish is quite unusual, plates are more common.

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