A very rare pair of Octagonal vases and covers decorated in the ‘Dewberry pattern’ after a design by Cornelius Pronk, each side of the quadrangular vases are delicately enameled, fragile white peony blooms shown against a lavender grille-pattern ground. The lovely botanical decoration and the eccentric shape of these vases are closely associated with Pronk`s production for the Dutch East India Company.
No other vases of this type appear to be recorded with their original covers.
Condition: Some fritting to edges of vases touched in, one cover with a crack restored.
A single vase without cover sold Christies New York, from the H B Frelinghuysen Jr Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain on 24th January 2012, lot 89.
A five piece garniture also without covers sold Christies, New York, 30th January 1993, lot 72.
Cornelius Pronk, 10 December 1691 – 29 September 1759.
Cornelius Pronk was a Dutch draughtsman, painter and porcelain designer, he is known particularly for his numerous drawings of cities, towns and buildings ( so-called topographical drawings), as well as for his porcelain designs.
In 1734 the Dutch East India Company, commissioned Pronk to produce designs for a set of china plates. This porcelain was produced in China, then shipped to Europe and sold there at an extremely high price. A set of four plates for instance would sell for 1160 Dutch guilders – enough to buy a house in Amsterdam. Pronk made four different plate designs of which the `Parasol Ladies ` was most popular. The Dutch East India Company ended the deal in 1740 because the production and shipping from China proved too costly.