painter: Pieter Ruurds
The charger has a slightly raised flange and is painted in blue with a parrot on a shortened branch from which three leafy branches sprout, framed within three circles, the flange is unpainted. Three stilt marks, which are characteristic for majolica, are visible in the centre.
Dimensions: diameter 36 cm / 14.17 in.
A dish with a bird on a branch, with the leafy branches which are characteristic of Ruurds, was in the collection of the former Harlinger Pottery Museum (Van den Akker, p. 94, no. 116509). A second dish is depicted in Pluis (p. 154, pict. 309).
Pieter Ruurds was first painter at the Raamstraat pottery in Harlingen, where he worked from the seventies of the eighteenth century until his death in 1800. Just over a hundred tile pictures and objects are attributed to him, including some dishes with a bird on a branch. He also executed this motif on a shaving basin and a milk pot (Pluis, pp. 154, pict. 310 and 155, pict. 314).
M. van den Akker, Fries aardewerk. Majolica. Faience. Kerfsnee. Harlinger aardewerk museum. Collectie Minze van den Akker, Harlingen 2007
J. Pluis, Fries aardewerk VI. Harlingen. Producten 1720-1933, Leiden 2005