Dish Depicting Lady with a Parasol

Artist: Design attributed to Cornelis Pronk (Dutch, Amsterdam 1691–1759 Amsterdam)

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: ca. 1734–37

Culture: Japan

Medium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Imari type)

Dimensions: Diam. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Collection, Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2000

Accession Number: 2002.447.123


Two graceful ladies attired in Japanese kimono have stopped to look at three birds that have crossed their path. An inner border encircles the scene with floral designs, while the outer border contains panels with images of birds and ladies, echoing the central motif. The design on this plate is a modified version of a drawing by a Dutch artist named Cornelis Pronk, originally depicting Chinese ladies in the same setting. Pronk was commissioned by the Dutch East India Company to create a design for tea and dinner sets for Chinese potters to use as a model. At some point, this design made its way to Japan, where Pronk's original design was altered to reflect Japanese fashions instead of Chinese. However, the Japanese versions of this type were sold privately, not by the Dutch East India Company.