Northern Netherlands, 1640-1660
The blue and white dish is composed of twenty-seven double lobes. The curved center is painted with a simplified landscape within a double circle framed in a small band of ornaments, and stylized floral ornaments are applied in the border. The stylized border motif is possibly based on Portugese examples. A similar, more naturally rendered border motif was found on a Portugese lobed dish, excavated in Blokker, a small village in the Dutch province of North Holland (Ostkamp, p. 29, afb. 81). It dates from the second quarter of the seventeenth century and is a little bit earlier than this Dutch one.
Dimensions: diameter 29,1 cm / 11.41 in.
Condition: chips to rim, a small hairline crack in the border at half past five, not visible from the front.
This example is part of large group of lobed dishes decorated with landscapes, fruits, flowers, putti and Chinese motifs, mainly executed in blue and white. Besides the stylized, floral border motif, another type with flowers alternated with branches of leaves also occurs. A related group of lobed dishes are those with a manganese powdered ground in the border. They were all made in the second and third quarter of the seventeenth century. The landscapes painted on the lobed dishes are also depicted on tiles. For that reason, this type of lobed dishes are attributed to tile factories in Harlingen or Rotterdam. Other production centers like Haarlem cannot be excluded. However, we can assume that a substantial proportion of these lobed dishes were made in Delft.
J.D. van Dam, ‘Geleyersgoet en Hollants Porceleyn. Ontwikkelingen in de Nederlandse aardewerk-industrie 1560-1660’, in: M.N.V.V.C., 108 (1982-4), pp. 3-93
A.J. Gierveld, J. Pluis, P.J. Tichelaar, Fries aardewerk V. Harlingen. Bedrijfsgeschiedenis 1600-1933 & producten tot 1720, Leiden 2005
S. Ostkamp, ‘Hollants Porceyn en Straetwerck. De voorgeschiedenis van Delft als centrum van de Nederlandse productie van faience en het ontstaan van Delfts wit’, in: Vormen uit Vuur, 223-224 (2014-1), pp. 2-46
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