European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
BrushMade in Delft, Netherlands, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Dutch
Tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration
Currently not on view
|Purchased with the Bloomfield Moore Fund and with the gifts (by exchange) of Emmeline Reed Bedell and Edward W. Bok, 2002|
LabelThis brush is very rare because it has retained its original horsehair bristles. Such brushes were used to clean clothing or to wipe crumbs from the table, and often were given as bridal gifts. After the blue decoration was applied, the brush was fired at a high temperature; it was fired again at a lower temperature after the less heat-resistant colors (such as yellow, red, and green) were added.