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D1255. Polychrome Biblical Plate


Delft, dated 1778

Painted in the center in blue with a scene from the parable of ‘The Prodigal Son’ depicting the son having returned from his escapades, kneeling and begging for forgiveness from his father before an Italianate building within a yellow and brown rectangular frame flanked by cherubs holding green laurel garlands and standing on scrollwork brackets, the top of the frame with a cluster of roses and foliage between foliate scrolls, and the bottom with further foliate scrolls enclosing a plaque inscribed Lúcas / 15 11-32, and the rim with a guilloche border of floret-centered circlets.

Marked P:VMV / 1778 / in brown possibly for Pieter Jansz. van Marksveld, master painter and later the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) Factory

22.3 cm. (8.8 in.)

In stock


The identification of the mark is somewhat speculative, as in this form: P:VMV it is unrecorded. It could be interpreted as P:VM/, which would suggest it is the mark of Pieter Jansz. van Marksveld, of whom little is known, but the date of 1778 would place this plate prior to his assuming ownership of De Grieksche A in 1796, and possibly while he was working as a master painter at the factory, during which time he married Petronella van der Laan, the widow of the prior owner of De Grieksche A, Jan van den Briel, who died in early 1785. The uncertainty persists in as much as the Delft City Archives reveal a number of Pieter van Marksvelds in the appropriate time period, but does not mention their occupations.


  • Minor rim abrasions
  • One rim chip of 13 mm.
  • Overall in good condition

Delivered in its custom box
Plate hanger and stand included

Additional information

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 35 × 35 × 10 cm
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