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D454. Blue and White Large Armorial Vase

Delft, circa 1695

Marked WB and an asterisk for Theodorus (called Dirck) Witsenburgh, the owner of De Witte Ster (The White Star) factory from 1690 until his death in 1700, and then used presumably by his family as owners until 1705Painted on the front with the coat of arms of the Creagh family of Ireland surmounted by a helmet and a horse’s head and flanked by mantling, above the inscription VIRTUTE ET NUMINE between two angels flying on a phoenix and other animals, on the reverse with a large monogram WM within a laurel wreath probably for William and Mary of England between by two flying angels, and the two other sides with diverse animals amongst peonies and a pierced rock, the shoulder with a border of blue-ground lappets with blossoms, scrollwork and masks, the foot encircled by blue-ground blossom-and- scrollwork lappets and a stylized floral garland.

Height: 53 cm. (20.9 in.)

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