Scalloped Tray

Made by 't Fortuyn (The Fortune), Delft, Netherlands, 1661 - 1784. Under Joris van Oosterwijck, Dutch, active 1706 - 1715.

Geography:
Made in Delft, Netherlands, Europe

Date:
1706-15

Medium:
Tin-glazed earthenware

Dimensions:
1 1/8 × 10 × 7 7/8 inches (2.9 × 25.4 × 20 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1921-3-139

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

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Label:
The oval, fluted shape of this dish imitates silver trays of the period. The decoration is typical of the transitional style of Chinese export porcelain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Additional information:
  • PublicationDelft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    The scalloped, oval shape of this tray imitates silver trays of the early part of the eighteenth century. With its sculptured edge, this form was intended to attract wealthy customers familiar with silver prototypes. It would have been used under an octagonal dish or small tureen resting on the center, which is sparsely decorated with only three flower heads and a few leaves, whereas the outer borders are fully decorated. The floral heads with distinct leaves and curlicues forming the painted decoration of this tray are typical of the transitional style of Chinese export porcelain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

    This tray is marked on the bottom in script with the name of the pottery The Fortune, which was taken from the name on the stone façade of a former bakery at the site. The pottery's use of that name was not registered before 1771; however, the style, shape, and decoration of this tray strongly indicate that it was produced in the early part of the eighteenth century. Ella B. Schaap, from Delft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2003), p. 84.