FAMILLE ROSE DISH WITH "THE DOCTOR'S VISIT TO THE EMPEROR", Chinese, circa 1738
10.12 x 10.12 in
After a design by Cornelis Pronk entitled “the Doctor’s Visit to the Emperor” The pattern seen on the present dish, known as “the Doctor’s Visit to the Emperor” was designed by the Dutch artist Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759) and was specially executed in China for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). A resolution of the Hereen XVII dated August 31, 1734, records that Pronk was asked to design both the decoration and forms of porcelains to be made in China for the export trade. The patterns for an extensive assortment of wares were requested, including dinner services, tea services, vases with basins and garniture sets, to be decorated in three palettes: underglaze blue, Chinese imari, and famille rose. This historic agreement was the first and only one recorded of its type. Never before or since has the designs of one artist had such an effect on the China trade.