A large and unusual Chinese famille rose “La Dame au Parasol” dish. Qianlong period.

Decorated in the famille rose palette, with scalloped rim, painted with the famous scene of a lady standing before waterbirds as her attendant shades her with a parasol, the fluted border with pendant swags of ribbon-tied objects and peony.

Period :
Qianlong (1735-1795), circa 1740/45
11.02 in. (28.5 cm)
Reference :


From a continental collection

Related works

An identical dish, from the collection of R. de A. is published by Jorge Welsh & Maria Antonia Pinto de Matos in The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics, A Collector’s Vision (TII, p. 174, no. 289).

For another example, see Christie’s NYC, The British Interior, 25 january 2000, lot 175 (sold 16.100 USD)

For another example, see Christie’s NYC, The British Interior, 23 january 2002, lot 73.

For another example, see Christie’s NYC, The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain from The Collection of Leo & Doris Hodroff, 23 january 2008, lot 255.


This decoration is after a design by Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759) that was commissioned by the Delft chamber of the Dutch East India Company. Known as “La Dame au Parasol” (the “Parasol Lady”), the original watercolor for the design was completed in 1734, and copies were sent to China by way of Batavia in 1735. Two years later, services in underglaze blue, “Chinese Imari”, and famille rose arrived in Amsterdam. This decoration is a variation on the original drawing painted in the famille rose  palette.

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