Mark: AR = Ary van Rijsselbergh
The polychrome dish has a narrow, slightly raised flange and is painted with the four-hearts decor. It consists of four heart-shaped panels on a green ground, around a stylized flower rosette in a blue striped band. Smaller oval panels with petals are placed between the heart shapes. The heart-shaped panels are filled with flowering branches.
Dimensions: diameter 35 cm / 13.77 in.
In Delftware not only plates and dishes with heart decors were painted, but also bowls, oil and vinegar sets, tureens and teapots, for example. Almost all Delftware potteries had this decor in their range. Customers were thus able to put together a service by combining different shapes with this decor. The heart decor, often painted in Delft, is originally derived from Chinese famille verte porcelain from the Kangxi period (1662-1722). An important feature of this porcelain is the frequent use of the colour green.