Bowl

Made by De Metaale Pot (The Metal Pot), Delft, Netherlands, 1670 - 1775. Under Cornelis Koppens, active at De Metaale Pot (The Metal Pot) 1724 - 1757.

Geography:
Made in Delft, Netherlands, Europe

Date:
1727

Medium:
Tin-glazed earthenware

Dimensions:
8 × 16 inches (20.3 × 40.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1921-3-174

Credit Line:
Bequest of Emmeline Reed Bedell for the Bradbury Bedell Memorial Collection, 1921

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Label:
The outside of this bowl is decorated with Renaissance-style motifs of flower baskets encircled by laurel wreaths. The date 1727 and the initials M.R are centered in a crowned cartouche flanked by griffins embellished with tassels. The design on the inside of the bowl---Chinese good luck symbols with flowing ribbons---shows the influence of Chinese porcelain of the transitional period of Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722).

Additional information:
  • PublicationDelft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Dated Dutch faience is rare, and initials on Delft objects are ever rarer. Cartouches with dates and initials like the one adorning this bowl are more common on English delftware than on Dutch faience, although a few similar bowls with initials and dates in cartouches were made by other potteries in Delft.1 The event commemorated by the date and initials here is unknown. The outside of this large, beautifully proportioned bowl is decorated with Renaissance-style motifs of flower baskets encircled by laurel wreaths. The date 1727 in script and the initials M.R are centered in a crowned cartouche flanked by griffins embellished with tassels. The deep, narrow foot ring is painted in shades of dark cobalt blue. The bottom of the bowl is decorated with four arabesques sprouting curlicues that scroll to the rim. The deep blue decoration on the inside of the bowl includes Chinese good luck symbols. Ella B. Schaap, from Delft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2003), p. 80.

    1. A similar bowl, dated 1718 and marked LVE, was kindly brought to our attention by Marion S. van Aken-Fehmers.