Gourd-shaped Vase (one of a pair)

Made by De Drie Posteleyne Astonne (The Three Ash Barrels). Under Pieter Gerritsz. Kam, 1700 - 1705, or his widow, Maria Kam-van der Kloot, Dutch, 1705 - 1716.

Made in Delft, Netherlands, Europe


Tin-enameled earthenware

16 x 6 3/4 inches (40.6 x 17.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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

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  • PublicationDelft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    The Dutch term for this shape of exotic vase resembling seventeenth-century Persian flasks is knobbelvaas, or knobby vase. Like Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1921-3-177, these identical blue and white gourd-shaped vases have high hexagonal bases that flare out at the bottom. Their long, hexagonal necks, with a bulbous widening toward the top, end in a trumpet shape. Blue circles define and separate the five sections forming the vase. The blue Chinese-inspired decoration on a white ground consists of long-tailed birds, flowers, and foliage. This type of busy design with small, unidentifiable flowers is called the millefleurs or peterselie (parsley) motif. The decoration on the base consists of ornamental panels, or lambrequins, alternating with a simplified shell motif interspersed with curlicues. The lambrequins at the feet of the vases imitate the bronze pedestals used in China for vases.

    This type of vase was produced by several potteries in a variety of sizes and painted in either blue and white or polychrome. Ella B. Schaap, from Delft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2003), p. 42.