European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
MouseMade in Delft, Netherlands, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Dutch
Tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration
Currently not on view
|Purchased with funds (by exchange) from the bequest of Emmeline Reed Bedell, the gift of Edward W. Bok, the Bloomfield Moore Collection, the gift of William Ellis Scull, the gift of Mrs. Albert P. Brubaker, the bequest of John W. Pepper, and the Elizabeth Wandell Smith Fund, 1997|
LabelThis whimsical mouse demonstrates that Delft earthenware comes in a variety of shapes and colors. Only a few Delft mice are known today, and this piece is extraordinary in its quality. It may have been a special commission that was not in general production like other surviving animal figurines. Delft cows and horses are fairly common; those of camels, lions, monkeys, and elephants are more rare.