European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Dish with Grotesques and PuttiMade in Delft, Netherlands, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Dutch
Tin-glazed earthenware with blue decoration
Currently not on view
1936-18-4Gift of Mrs. Edward Bok, 1936
LabelIn the early seventeenth century Delft pottery began to be influenced by imports of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) transported by the Dutch East India Company. Delft potters ceased to emulate the once-popular, multicolored Italian maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware that is often richly decorated) and adapted their colors to the new fashion. Decorative motifs, like the putti (figures of infant boys) and grotesques (interlaced garlands and fantastic human and animal figures) on this example, however, continued to recall Italian Renaissance models.