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Rare Pair of Chinese Export Famille Rose Pronk Porcelain Jugs

Ca: 1740


Each decorated with the “Arbor Scene” designed by the Dutch artist Cornelis Pronk, with a chinoiserie decoration showing Chinese ladies and gentlemen in a garden setting.  All finely painted in bright enamels. 
Height: 9 ¾ inches (24.8 cm.)
Ex: Robert Lehman (1891-1969), the American financier and art collector.  He was a former head of Lehman Brothers Investment  Bank.  Then, descended in the family.
Note: This is a rare form for this subject and has counterparts in Delft ware jugs of the period, and interestingly seem connected to an original earlier Iznik form. Pronk’s designs were used by the Dutch East India Company to create services and objects in China and then export them to Holland as part of the China Trade of the time.  The intent was a tighter control of decoration that retained the exoticness of China from a European perspective that would be easily marketable to the Dutch audience.

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