A charming little object, this finely potted Chinese export porcelain tea bowl is decorated in the rare “Plume” pattern in iron red against a black diapered ground. This is one of two versions of this design; the other can be found in lavender and yellow enamels. Both versions were after a small group of designs commissioned by the Dutch East India Company from Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk, to be sent to China and reproduced on porcelain. This is one of the few instances where we can trace a Chinese porcelain design back to an actual European source. Very good condition. Circa 1745.