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"Cuckoo in the house"

Cuckoo in the house Name on Chinese export porcelain pattern. It usually refers to a decoration of one or two phoenixes in the sky above a house or a temple. This decoration was quite popular in The Netherlands during the 2nd half of the 18th century and are generally dated to the 1770-1790 period. The pattern was actually mentioned in a 1789 VOC cargo list. A typical plate is depicted in the book "Porcelain and the Dutch China trade" by C.J.A. Jrg (plate 82).

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