Makkum, circa 1750
Painter: Gatse Sytses
The plate is painted with the biblical story of Christ as the good shepherd, and the border is decorated with a continuous frieze of flowers and foliage. The reference to the bible book of John is painted in an oval-shaped cartouche in the foreground and is also painted within the foot-rim. The back of the plate is covered with a transparent lead-glaze. The decoration is based on engraving number 66/50 from Toneel ofte Vertooch by Pieter Schut from 1659. This engraving is of a detail from another engraving by Julius Goltzius in the Theatrum Biblicum from 1643, after a design by Maarten de Vos from 1560-1595. Engravings by Schut were frequently used as source material for decorations on Dutch Delftware. In Makkum this biblical story was also painted on tiles.
Based on the fine and careful execution of the painting, the bright blue color and whiteness of the tin-glaze, the plate can be dated to around 1750.
Dimensions: diameter 22 cm / 8.66 in.
Sold to a Dutch private collector.