European woman, China

European woman, China

European woman
China, Jingdezhen
1735-45
Porcelain, painted in enamels
Museum no. C.94-1963
Basil Ionides Bequest

The woman wears a ruff that had gone out of fashion nearly a century before this figure was made. This suggests that it was based on earlier prints, and that the craftsman who modelled it had probably never seen a living Dutch or German woman.

The result is an image as striking and unrealistic as many European representations of Chinese people made around this time.