China porcelain plate with a Compagnie des Indes decoration in grisaille in the center of a gentleman holding his rifle in his hand, his dog at his side. In the distance a pavilion surrounded by trees. Wing decorated with four motifs of gold and iron red flowers and blue scrolls. Border of leaves, flowers and gold scrolls. Inscription on the marli in a band "PETRUS DE WOLFF PETR FIL".
Qianlong period (1736-1795), circa 1740.
D. 23,2 cm. Pieces glued back (3 or 4) on the wing.
Provenance : private collection, France.
Cf. William R. Sargent, Treasure of Chinese export ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum, n°179 P. 336 and 337, ed.du musée 2012.
*Classified by Hervouët as "exceptional, remarkable from every point of view, and only a few examples are known in the world.
Traditionally, this plate's central design is called "Peter and the Wolf" and the motif is, in fact, taken from an engraving by the German engraver and cartographer Pieter Schenk (1660-1718), who included the title "Petrus de Wolff Petr. Fil" ont his print. Schenk adapted his imagefrom a mezzotint by John Smith (1652-1743) published in the London Gazette of August 19-23, 1686. In turn, Smith's print is a reverse image after William Wissing's 1686 portrait of the 12-year-old John Cecil, 6th earl of Exeter, later Lord Burghley (1674-1721) of Burghley House. A Dutch portrait artist who studied under Sir Peter Lely (1618-80), Wissing (1656-87)painted portraits of many members of the English court and died at Burghley House. The print's title is included below the figure in the marli on the Museum's plate thus confirmong the original print source used. Additionally, Schenk incorporated a neaclassical building and changed the figure's hairstyle, and both these elements appear on the plate but not in other versions of this image.
Tea bowl and saucer, Mottahedeh Collection (Howard and Ayers 1978, vol. I 249, n°244) plate, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Lunsingh Scheurleer 1974, pl. 243, together with the engraving, pl. 244) ; plate, Eduardo Malta Collection (Hyde, Silva, and Malta 1956, pl. 13) ; Musée Adrien Dubouché, Limoges, FR (Chabanne et al. 2003, 214, 166) ; small dish, Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE (Palmer 1976, 82, fig. 46) ; Historic Deerfield (Lange 2005, 197, n°72) ; plate, Grandidier Collection, Musée Guimet (inv.n°G850), Paris. Other related wares : six plates, Christie's Amsterdam, October 29, 1993 (lot 222) and Christie's London, July 12, 2005 (lot 113) ; E. Vandekar, London (Hervouët*, Hervouët and Bruneau 1986, 71 and 138, n° 317) ; Jorge Welsh, London (Jorge Welsh 2005, 117, n°25) ; a plate, Cohen & Cohen, London (Cohen & Cohen 2002, 52-53, n°35) ; a plate, ex. coll. Benjamin F. Edwards III, Christie's New-York, January 26, 2010 (lot 41).
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