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D2462. Polychrome Seated Dog

Probably Amsterdam, circa 1780

Modeled seated with his head turned to the right, his upstanding ears, eyes, open mouth, tail and collar knobs painted in blue, the soft yellow body highlighted with blue lines and dots, on a yellow circular base on a blue rectangular ground.

Height: 27 cm. (10.6 in.)

French Private Collection, Paris, 2023 (Provenance+)

The city of Amsterdam was an important hub for the faience industry and had a thriving tile industry around the mid-1680s. There were three tile factories active in Amsterdam between 1675 and 1840, two of which started producing faience in the Delftware style: De Twee Romeinen (The Two Romans) on the Prinsengracht and d’Oude Prins (The Old Prince) on the Anjeliersstraat. Models of shoes, figures of animals, but also tureens, tea canisters, trays and plaques, were part of the versatile assortment of these two factories. Three names of tile painters are known, and all three seemed to have worked at the Anjeliersstraat factory, where the addition of a date and initials seems to have been characteristic. One is Gerrit de Graaf, whose crabbed style characterized the factory’s production in the second half of the eighteenth century. Adam Sijbel’s signature is mostly found on objects between 1764 and 1781 (before he moved to Makkum in Friesland) and J. Van Maak probably succeeded De Graaf in 1794.

An earlier seated dog, probably made in Amsterdam, depicted in Aronson 2003 p. 18, showing the same dotted features in manganese and soft yellow, combined with blue accents on his white hide, is signed ‘Jacob de Voge(l)’. A money bank, modeled as a seated dog, dated circa 1720, wearing a comparable collar with knobs and is seated on a similar double base, is depicted in Aronson 2015, p. 65.

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