Lot 2526
Arts of the East: Asian Ceramics & Works of Art | 17 December 2020
A pair of blue and white plates depicting the "Rotterdam Riots"

Kangxi period, ca. 1700, China

Two fine Chine de commande plates, the earliest known example of a European historical/political event depicted on Chinese porcelain. The scene depicted is that of the so called "Costerman revolt", the plundering of the house of Jacob van Zuylen. A six character Chengua mark on the reverse.

D 20 cm

"Rotterdam Riot" plates were noted in François and Nicole Hervouët and Yves Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, cat. no. 9.35, as the earliest example of Chinese export porcelain documented with European historical and political subjects. The riots occurred in Rotterdam between September and October 1690 after a young guard, Cornelius Kosterman, accidentally killed a man while smuggling wine into the city hall to celebrate with his colleagues. Kosterman was sentenced to death by then Chief Baliff Jacob van Zuylen van Nyevelt. The public was enraged by the injustice and riots ensued. The source of the subject matter comes from a popular medal stuck by Dutch medalist Johannes Smeltzig (1656-93) after an engraving by G. van Loon.

Both plates with a tiny fleabite on the back rim. No hairlines and no restoration.

€ 3.000,00
€ 5.000,00
€ 5.000,00

Hamerprijs: € 5.000