A striking pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze iron red and gilding in the “Dame au Parasol” Pattern. Depicting a lady with her servant attending with a parasol, walking along the water’s edge and coming upon ducks amongst the rushes. The courtly lady and duck motif continued in reserves around the rim, while underglaze blue insects animate the border on the reverse. From a small group of designs commissioned for the Dutch East Company by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk to be painted upon Chinese porcelain, this is a rare instance where we know of an actual European design source for export wares. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition with the exception of very minor rim fritting now restored. Circa 1740-1750.