Delft, circa 1680
The polychrome wine jug has an ovoid body on a low spreading foot, a conical neck with spout and a handle with a scroll finish. The jug is painted in purple, yellow and green with a continuous chinoiserie landscape with three Chinese figures. A band with scroll ornaments and circles is applied to the shoulder just below the neck, the neck itself is decorated with two stylized flowers and scroll ornaments. The handle is decorated with stripes and scroll ornaments.
Dimensions: height 19 cm / 7.48 in.
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 purple, green and yellow they are also known in blue, purple and green.