Dish

ca. 1730 (made)

Unknown

Diameter: 21 cm

C.226-1931 EAS

Records from the Dutch East India Company show that a large quantity of plain, undecorated porcelain were shipped from China to the Netherlands, so that the decoration could be applied there. This dish would have been such a piece. The design is taken from Peter Paul Rubens' painting, Le Coup de Lance, commissioned in 1620.

The design on this dish is copied from a print by Boetius à Bolswert (1580-1633), after the painting Le Coup de Lance by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). The painting was commissioned in 1620 for the Antwerp church of the Friars Minor, and the print made in 1631. Records from the Dutch East India Company show that a large quantity of plain porcelain was shipped from China to the Dutch United Provinces (now The Netherlands) for decoration. This dish would have been just such a piece.

Gulland Bequest

Location: China, room 47f, case 3

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