The Metal Pot pottery
Mark: LVE, period of Lambertus van Eenhoorn (1691-1721)
The ribbed tea pot has a somewhat pear-shaped body on a foot, with a short upright spout and a C-shaped handle. The domed lid has a vase-shaped knob. The tea pot is painted all around with a floral cashmere decor in blue, purple, green and red. The motifs, derived from Chinese porcelain, consist of plants, flowers and leaved branches that issue from rocks, a bird and an insect fly above. Double red lines are applied around the foot and neck, a scroll motif on the shoulder. The handle is painted with diamond motifs and stripes.
Dimensions: height 13 cm / 5.11 in., length 16,5 cm / 6.49 in., width 10,5 cm / 4.13 in.
A different-shaped, LVE marked and ribbed tea pot was in the collection of Jacob Stodel in 1993 (p. 42, nr. 26). Another example with flattened sides from the same Delftware pottery is in the collection of the The Hague Art Museum (Eliëns et al, p. 187, nr. 69). A ribbed tea pot after a silver model from the Greek A Delftware pottery was auctioned at Sotheby’s Amsterdam in 1997 (pp. 96-97, lot 545).
The cashmere decor was developed in Delft around 1700 and enjoyed great popularity for a short period, till about 1720. The colour palette is blue, green and red, sometimes with additional colours black, purple or yellow. The decorations are mainly flower vases and floral motifs derived from Chinese porcelain. These were often combined with ornaments developed in France, such as lambrequins and point work (palmette-shaped panels or cartouches). The cashmere decor was applied to multiple Delftware items such as garnitures, ewers, vases, beer mugs, bowls, dishes, tea pots and canisters, often in a ribbed version as with this tea pot.
J.D. van Dam, J.H.M. Ressing-Wolfert, The splendour of Dutch Delftware. Jacob Stodel, Amsterdam/London 1993
T.M. Eliëns et al, Delfts aardewerk. De geschiedenis van een nationaal product, The Hague/Zwolle 1999
C. Lahaussois (ed.), Delfts aardewerk, Amsterdam 2008
M. Lavino, The Lavino collection, Antwerp n.d.
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