Mark: D 13
Oval-shaped blue and white shaving bowl with a scalloped brown rim. The centre is painted with a bird on a rock and some plants. The well is unpainted. The wide-spreading and ribbed flange is divided into four large and four small panels, framed along the outer rim with a continuous band of flowers and leafy sprigs. The large panels are each filled with a double flower, the smaller ones with an ornament. This decor is derived from Chinese kraakporcelain which was imported on a massive scale in the first half of the seventeenth century by the VOC (Dutch East India Company). It was still much in vogue in the eighteenth century.
Dimensions: length 27 cm / 10.62 in., width 23 cm / 9.05 in., height 9 cm / 3.54 in.
An almost identical D 12-marked shaving bowl is in the collection of the Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet) in Stockholm, Sweden (inventory number NM.0036915).
The earliest shaving bowls were made in the second half of the seventeenth century, but the main production took place in the eighteenth century, in particular in the second and third quarter. A wide range of models are known, either undecorated or painted in blue or polychrome with different motifs. Besides biblical themes, landscapes, floral motifs, flower pots or ornamentation, shaving bowls were also painted with barber’s tools and inscriptions.
So far the D mark cannot be attributed with certainty to a pottery.
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