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Sauce boat bearing the monogram of Van der Parra
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Masterpiece

The pieces in this service are remarkable for their rim decoration, composed of bright green zigzag lines edged with gold. The centre of the plates features the elegant monogram PA VD PARRA in a crowned oval escutcheon supported by two angels with trumpets and surrounded by scattered flower motifs.

History of the Object
The service to which they once belonged must originally have numbered 250 pieces. It was the second service that Van der Parra ordered from China. The first dates from around 1750. It is executed in blue and white and bears his family crest. It is not particularly surprising that Van der Parra ordered two different services, since he was well-known for his lavish lifestyle. For example, he adorned his distinguished country residence, Huis Weltevreden, and the various other houses he owned in and around Batavia with huge statues of eagles as a reference to the eagles in his family coat of arms. Van der Parra was a member of a merchant family originally from Antwerp. Born in Colombo, he joined the Dutch East India Company (VOC) at the age of 14. He worked his way up from the post of humble foot-soldier to governor-general of the Dutch East Indies, a position he held from 1761 right through to his death.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain, enamel colours and gold 
Measurements
height 6.7 cm; width 19.1 cm; lenght 10.2 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1765-1770 (Qing Dynasty, Qianlong) 
Function
decorative; part of a service 
Acquisition
These parts of a service bearing the monogram of Petrus Albertus van der Parra (1714-1775) were donated to the Gemeentemuseum in 1998 by an anonymous benefactor who had rescued the objects after they had been abandoned in an empty house. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
Lit.: J. Kroes, Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, Den Haag/Zwolle 2007, pp. 195-196 (cat. no. 111) and 431 (cat. no. 352). Wapengekletter op Chinees porselein, themanummer Vormen uit vuur (2008), p. 51, cat.no. 20. 
Owner
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag 
Museum
Gemeentemuseum 
Credit line
 

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