The barrel-shaped mustard pot stands on a waisted, profiled foot and has a short neck. The ear-shaped handle is pierced at the top to allow for mounting a metal lid. The mustard pot is painted in blue on a light blue tinted tin glaze with Chinese figures in an oriental landscape. Block-shaped ornaments are applied around the foot, the handle is decorated with scroll ornaments and dots. The oriental landscape is executed in purple outlining.
Dimensions: height 10 cm/ 3.93 in., diameter 6,3 cm 2.48 in., width with handle 10 cm / 3.93 in.
A white barrel-shaped Delft copy is depicted in Eliëns (p. 160, fig. 208). A comparable French or Italian faience specimen was excavated in Amsterdam from a cesspit on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal (Gawronski, pp. 246, 324, no. 781).
Mustard pots often have a lid and a recess in the top wall or rim or even in the lid. The shape of a round or convex body on a waisted foot is based on pewter examples. The more barrel-shaped models, as is the case with this example, are rare and possibly based on Italian or French examples.
T.M. Eliëns (ed.), Delfts aardewerk. Geschiedenis van een nationaal product. Deel V. Delfts wit. Het is niet alles blauw dat in Delft blinkt. Dutch Delftware. History of a national product. Volume V. Not just blue, The Hague/Zwolle 2013
J. Gawronski (ed.), Amsterdam ceramics. A city’s history and an archaeological ceramics catalogue 1175-2011, Amsterdam 2012