D1563. Figure of a Lady Playing a Viola da Gamba
Delft, circa 1770
Marked AP in blue for Anthonij Pennis, the owner of De Twee Scheepjes (The Two Ships) Factory from 1750 to 1770, or his widow Pennis-Overgaauw, the owner of the factory from 1770 to 1782
Wearing a hood patterned with blue trelliswork and iron-red and yellow floral sprigs over her head and shoulders, a green bodice with a blue-laced stomacher and blue cuffs, and a hatchwork-patterned blue apron over a skirt striped in pale manganese, blue, iron-red and yellow, its hem revealing her buckled manganese shoes, holding a four-stringed yellow viola da gamba in her left hand and strumming with her right, her head tilted back as if to sing, and standing beside a small dog with manganese markings on the blue top of a shaped triangular base marbleized in blue and applied on the front with a vine bearing yellow and manganese blossoms and green leaves.
Height: 31.2 cm. (12 5/16 in.)