The Three Porcelain Ash Barrels pottery
Mark: VHH, period of Hendrik van Hoorn (1759-1804)
The cylindrical tureen, painted in blue, has a flat bottom, a thickened top and bottom rim, and two mascarons for handles. The flat-round lid has a sloping rim and a grooved, flat mushroom-shaped lid knob. On the side and the cover of the tureen are four larger and four smaller lobed panels alternately reserved on a ground of trellis-work. The panels are painted with two types of stylized flowers. Along the bottom rim is a line with short strokes. The top rim and the rim of the lid are decorated with a band of dot shapes and demi circles. Around the lid knob is a band with ornaments in a double circle. The lid knob has blue lines.
Dimensions: diameter 24 cm / 9.44 in., from handle to handle 29,5 cm / 11.61 in., height 18 cm / 7.08 in.
A cylindrical blue and white tureen is in the Lavino-collection, is now in the Art Museum in The Hague (p. 66). An oval tureen with mascarons from The Metal Pot pottery is depicted in Eliëns (p. 322, no. 110).
The VHH-mark probably belongs to Hendrik van Hoorn of The Three Porcelain Ash Barrels pottery. In addition to the '3 astonne' mark, his initials HVH were used: the pottery painter most likely made a mistake in the letters. The tureen probably had a stand with a similar decor.
T.M. Eliëns (ed.), Delfts aardewerk. Geschiedenis van een nationaal product. Deel 2, The Hague/Zwolle 2001
M. Lavino, P. Lavino-Ridderhof, J. van Avermaet, The Lavino Collection, n.p., n.d.