Butter Tub and Cover

Artist/maker unknown, Dutch

Geography:
Made in Delft, Netherlands, Europe

Date:
1750-1770

Medium:
Tin-glazed earthenware with blue decoration; finial with polychrome decoration

Dimensions:
2 3/4 × 3 3/4 × 5 inches (7 × 9.5 × 12.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2005-105-18a,b

Credit Line:
Bequest of Rita Markus in memory of Frits Markus, 2005

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Label:
Butter tubs appeared on almost every table in the Netherlands, where much bread and butter was consumed. The shape of this tub derives from wooden utensils that had lids held in place by two staves. Here, the staves are not necessary but the leaf-form handles retain the holes.