Harlingen, dated 1778
Outside the church gate pottery
Painter: Jan Eelkes Kronenburg
The oval plaque has a molded and scalloped rim and is painted in blue with the biblical theme of the Pharaoh’s daughter finding Moses near the bank of the river Nile. The decor is painted after the print aa 1 from 1764 by the German Joseph Wagner (1706-1780), after a design by the Italian artist Jacopo Amigioni (1682-1752). A flower amidst branches and leaves is reserved on a blue ground at the bottom. A C-scroll is painted against the inner rim, in which Exodi 2 v 5 is painted, a reference to the bible book of Exodus. The molded rim is painted purple with cross lines in blue. The inner rim is executed in yellow and separated from the outer rim by a thin blue line. On the back of the plaque the date and the initials CF : RC or GF : RG are painted. This indicates that the plaque was either commissioned by these two persons, unmistakably a married couple, or presented to them as a wedding gift or commemoration. The fact that in this bible story a child (Moses) was found, could possibly indicate a birth gift.
Dimensions: length 35 cm / 13.77 in., width 27,5 cm / 10.62 in.