A rare oval Chinese export famille rose ‘Cloth traders’ drainer Qing Dynasty, Qianlong per

A rare oval Chinese export porcelain famille rose ‘Cloth traders’ drainer

Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period, circa 1750
 

H. 29.8 x W. 37.2 cm
 

Depicted is a harbour scene with a cloth trader offering his merchandise to prospective buyers, while he is showing what looks like an indication of the size and price of a bale of his cloth. On the left is also a bale with the inscription TZAP(?), possibly the sign of a cloth trader from Leiden, The Netherlands.

The central medallion is inscribed Caro de Oro and Fabrica de Brusela. The source of this design is a copper plate for engraving labels on packages of bales of Leiden woollen fabric in the 18th century.
A copper plate with this design is in the collection of Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden (inv. no. 11056).

Copperplate for the engraved labels on the packages of bales of textiles, 18th century
Collection Museum De Lakenhal

Copperplate for the engraved labels on the packages of bales of textiles, 18th century Collection Museum De Lakenhal