painter: Douwe Klases Hofstra [attributed to]
The dish has a wide and raised flange and is painted in blue with a simplified village view. The border decor is made up of arched segments alternated with three dots. Three stilt marks, which are characteristic for majolica, are visible in the centre. The arch-shaped damage in the centre was caused during the firing in the kiln.
Dimensions: diameter 31 cm / 12.20 in.
A dish with a polychrome landscape and five dishes with blue and white landscapes by the same painter were in the collection of the former Pottery Museum of Harlingen (Van den Akker, pp. 30-31, no. 111225 t/m 111229, p. 214, no. 241221).
From 1796 to 1813, Douwe Klases Hofstra (circa 1767-1815) was the first painter of the Tichelaar family pottery in Makkum. He succeeded Gatse Sytses, who held this position for over thirty years. Hofstra had been working for Tichelaar since 1783, where he was trained as a painter by Sytses. About 170 objects by Hofstra are known, including circa twenty majolica dishes.
M. van den Akker, Fries aardewerk. Majolica. Faience. Kerfsnee. Harlinger aardewerk museum. Collectie Minze van den Akker, Harlingen 2007
P.J. Tichelaar, Fries aardewerk III. Tichelaar Makkum 1700-1786, Leiden 2004