D1403. Blue and White Double-Baluster Vase
Delft, circa 1685
The upper body painted with two birds and two insects in flight amidst flowering branches above a narrow horizontal rib accentuated with a band of scrolls and dots interrupting a cluster of flowering plants on the front of the tapering mid section, the reverse with a butterfly perched on a blossom, and the compressed spherical lower body with two insects flitting between two clusters of flowering plants above a knopped ankle encircled by a band of leaves and a flaring circular foot with three blossoms alternating with three dianthus blossom and scroll motifs, and the flaring rim with a border of lappets.
Height: 18.5 cm. (7 in.)