A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain Dame au Parasol plates well-painted with the central scene of a lady and her parasol-bearing attendant coming upon a group of exotic waterfowl amongst waterside reeds, all surrounded by a series of figural and waterfowl rim vignettes against a honeycomb-patterned ground. The design is one of several commissioned from Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk by the Dutch East East India Company to be made upon Chinese export porcelain. One of the few instances where we have a known European design source for China Trade porcelain. These designs were eventually discontinued due to production costs, but must have proved popular as they appear in blue and white as well as Imari and polychrome palettes and were even copied by the Japanese for their export wares. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in good condition. Circa 1745.