Delft, circa 1680
The polychrome wine jug has an ovoid and turned body on a low spreading foot, a conical neck with spout and a handle with a scroll finish. The jug is painted in blue, purple and green with a continuous chinoiserie landscape with three Chinese figures. Bands with rectangular ornaments between double circles are applied on the shoulder and just above the foot. The neck is painted with a double leaf motif. The handle is decorated with stripes and scroll ornaments.
Dimensions: height 23 cm / 9.05 in.
A jug with a turned body and a chinoiserie decor in purple and light blue is in the Terra Verde Collection (p. 129, no. TVC 2469). A dish with a chinoiserie decor in the same colour scheme and executed by the same painter is also in this collection (pp. 124-125, no. TVC 2457).
Multi-coloured chinoiserie landscapes on Delftware were only made for a short period of time, roughly between about 1680 and 1690. Most of the decors have been applied on dishes, lobed dishes, butter pots, beer mugs, wine jugs and spiced wine bowls with covers. The most common colour combinations are blue and yellow, blue and purple, and purple and yellow. Tricolour combinations are rarer, apart from blue, purple and green they are also known in purple, green and yellow.
J. Jongstra, L. Groen, Natuurlijke Pracht 2. Een selectie van vormen uit vuur uit de Terra Verde Collectie, n.p. 2021