Northern Netherlands, 1650-1680
The blue and white dish is composed of twenty-seven double lobes around a curved center. It is painted with a shepherd holding a large crook, sitting on some rocks. Near him lie two sheep. The depiction is framed in a double circle and a band of stylized floral ornaments. The border, too, is painted with stylized floral ornaments.
Dimensions: diameter 33,5 cm / 13.18 in.
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 a border with flowers alternated with branches of leaves, another border with stylized floral motifs also occurs, as with this example. 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. For that reason, this type of lobed dishes are attributed to tile factories in Harlingen or Rotterdam. Other production centers like Haarlem or even Dordrecht 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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