Delft, circa 1680
The lobed dish is composed of eight wide lobes with small protruding points between them. It is painted in the centre in blue with a still life of three pomegranates and grapes on a ground. The lobes are alternately decorated with a stylized fruit with leaves, and an oriental leaf-shaped fan on a ground of scrolls. The rim is fully blue.
Dimensions: diameter 21,8 cm / 8.58 in.
The German Posten collection contains some lobed dishes with fruit decors that are wrongly seen as a Hanau product (Hebben & Peters, pp. 70, 79). A small example (12 cm/4.72 in.) is depicted in Gawronski (p. 256, afb. 853). A lobed dish in blue and yellow is in the collection of the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum (Ostkamp, p. 36, afb. 104).
The decoration on the lobes is derived from Chinese kraakporcelain from the first half of the seventeenth century. The shape of the lobed rim with the protruding points is unique and has not been documented so far. In the seventeenth century decors with all kinds of fruit are mainly painted on tiles, majolica dishes and faience plates from Delft and other Dutch production centres. They are rarely painted on lobed dishes.
J. Gawronski (ed.), Amsterdam ceramics. A city’s history and an archaeological ceramics catalogue 1175-2011, Amsterdam 2012
V. Hebben, I. Peters, Im Glanz des Barock. Fayencen des 17. Und 18. Jahrhunderts. Sammlung Wolfgang und Marie-Luise Posten, Kevelaer 2020
S. Ostkamp, ‘Hollants Porceleyn en Straetwerck. De voorgeschiedenis van Delft als centrum van de Nederlandse productie van faience en het ontstaan van Delfts wit’, in: Vormen uit Vuur, nr. 223/224 (2014-1), pp. 2-46