Painter: Feite Jarigs de Boer (1778-1835)
The large, oval plaque has a scalloped and raised blue-painted rim. The plaque is painted with the biblical scene ‘the invitation of a stranger’ from The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25: 35). The picture is based on a print by Maarten de Vos from 1585.
Dimensions: height 37,5 cm 14.76 in., width 50 cm / 19.68 in.
A polychrome rectangular plaque painted by Feite Jarigs de Boer was auctioned in Bruges in 2020.
Most of the eighteenth century Frisian delftware was executed in blue and to a much lesser extent in purple or in a combination of blue and purple. Some pieces also have yellow accents. Polychrome painted Frisian delftware only emerged at the end of the eighteenth century. This can be attributed to the tile painter Adam Sijbel, who joined Kingma in Makkum in 1784. He had previously worked at the tile factory d’Oude Prins [The Old Prince] in the Anjeliersstraat in Amsterdam. His way of painting had a great influence on other Frisian delftware painters, as can be recognized in this plaque. The loose brushstrokes, the trees, the plants in the foreground, the background painted in a light tone, and the faces of the figures all point to his influence.
Feite Jarigs de Boer worked at the Kingma pottery in Makkum until the closure of the company in 1812. He then moved to Harlingen to work at the Buiten de Kerkpoort [Outside the church gate] pottery. Mainly tile pictures are known from this painter. In his book about Harlingen published in 2005 Jan Pluis documented forty-four tile pictures and only one small plaque. Two exceptionally polychrome plaques can now be added to that oeuvre.
J. Pluis, S. ten Hoeve, P.J. Tichelaar, Fries Aardewerk. Deel I. Kingma Makkum, Leiden 2000
J. Pluis, Fries Aardewerk. Deel VI. Harlingen. Producten 1720-1933, Leiden 2005