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D2427. Blue and White Octagonal Chinoiserie Plaque

Delft, dated 1737

Painted in the center with a chinoiserie scene portraying a square table between flowering branches, a tea kettle in the right upper corner and a bulbous vase holding a bouquet with a perched upon parrot, surrounded by a lambrequin band of cartouches with trellis diaper work, alternating cartouches with a stylized cherry blossom, sprouting from a foliate scroll-work band, pierced at the top, directly below the edge with two holes for suspension, the concave-molded self-frame with a blue ground border of demi-blossoms on the sides and stylized Chinese symbols in a cartouche in the corners; the reverse, with four abrasions, indicating it originally may have been intended to be a tablet.

Width: 27 cm. (10.6 in.)
Height: 27.5 cm. (10.8 in.)

French Private Collection, Paris, 2023 (Provenance+)

Delft plaques are seldom marked or dated. The rare instances where they are marked provide valuable insights into their origin and history.

A 1737 dated puzzle jug, illustrated in Aronson 2021, no. 71, shares a comparable style and showcases numerous similar details.

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