A set of three Chinese export porcelain plates, painted in grisaille, heightened in gilt with scenes of ‘The Nativity, The Crucifixion, and The Resurrection’, each in high detail within a floral border of swags and foliage; the Nativity decorated in the centre with ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds, Mary seated to the child’s leaf in front of two oxen with a recumbent donkey in the foreground; the Crucifixion with one soldier mocking and four others casting lots for the robe, in the background Mary and St John and a crowd, two other crosses with figures surrounding the cross and Roman soldiers playing dice in the foreground; the Resurrection with the figure of an angel seated nearby and soldiers in the foreground.
All 9 inches, 22.8 cm diameter.
Qianlong, circa 1745.
Good. Nativity: grizzle on back rim & rim frits & rim knock Crucifixion: rim nibbles Resurrection: rim nibbles & grizzle all over.
Wear consistent with age and use
*From the collection of Dr Hardouin, Nantes, western France.
*These three plates are from a very rare series of five produced for the Dutch market , which are taken from an early eighteenth century Lutheran bible with prints by the Amsterdam poet and engraver Jan Luyken 1649-1712.
*An identical crucifixion and resurrection plate in the Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres, acquired in 1840, inventory nos. MNC 2877-1 & 2, are illustrated by Christine Shimizu and Laure Chabanne in L’Odyssée de la Porcelaine Chinoise, 2004, no. 172, p. 219; another resurrection plate is illustrated by John Goldsmith Phillips in China Trade Porcelain, An Account of Its Historical Background, Manufacture, and Decoration and a Study of the Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, pl. 8, p. 74.
*A nativity plate with a du Paquier border together with Crucifixion and Resurrection plates similar to the above are illustrated by Cohen & Cohen in their exhibition catalogue School’s Out, 2001, nos. 11-13, pp. 16/7; an identical Crucifixion plate is illustrated by David S. Howard & John Ayers in China for the West, Volume one, no. 312, pp. 318/9.