Artist/maker unknown, Dutch

Made in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Europe


Tin-glazed earthenware with blue decoration in center and purple-speckled decoration on the triple border

2 1/8 x 13 3/8 inches (5.4 x 34 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Bloomfield Moore Collection, 1882

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This fluted dish represents one of the finest products made by the potters of Rotterdam. Formed on a mold, it is an adaptation of a fan shape that appeared in Italian maiolica made in Faenza and Deruta during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Maiolica is another type of tin-glazed pottery known for its bright colors over a white background.

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  • PublicationDelft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    This purple-speckled, fluted dish represents one of the finest products made by the potters of Rotterdam. The domed center contains a charming, bucolic picture painted in blue on a white ground. This scene was painted first, before the purple pigment was applied, as evidenced by the purple speckling sprayed on top of the circle surrounding the scene.

    Formed on a mold, this dish has a triple border and a foot rim. It is called a waaierschotel, or fan-shaped dish. This shape appeared in the late sixteenth h and early seventieth centuries in the maiolica centers of Faenza and Deruta in Italy, where it was used to frame portraits or images of cupids and putti. Dutch craftsmen adapted this foreign shape for production of both silver platters and faience dishes.

    The speckling technique on the dish is obtained by striking a knife against a bristle brush wetly filled with manganese paint, which results in this soft effect.1 This is an exceptional dish notwithstanding the white thumbprint at the lower left, which occurred during the loading of the kiln when a helper carelessly picked up the dish while the glaze was still wet. This blemish on the dish occurred during production and not during use , since the thumbprint is glazed. Ella B. Schaap, from Delft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2003), p. 32.

    1. Speckled purple glaze occurs frequently on Dutch tiles produced from 1680 to 1750, as illustrated in Schaap, Ella, et al. Dutch Tiles in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1984, nos. 165, 167, 168.