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1410. Blue and White ‘Kraak’ Plate


Delft, circa 1730

Marked AR in blue, attributed to Adriaa[e]n van Rijsselberg[h], master gold painter employed at De Grieksche A (The Greek A) Factory from 1701 or possibly 1713 to 1735

Diameter: 22.6 cm. (8.9 in.)

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Delft, circa 1730

Marked AR in blue, attributed to Adriaa[e]n van Rijsselberg[h], master gold painter employed at De Grieksche A (The Greek A) Factory from 1701 or possibly 1713 to 1735

Painted in the center with a diaper-patterned jardinière-on-stand filled with a peony, a scroll and other objects in a fenced garden within an octafoil medallion reserved on a scalework ground and surrounded on the cavetto and rim with eight floral panels alternating with narrower panels of circlets and dots between hatching and further scalework, and the scalloped and barbed edge decorated on the underside with dashed ovals and + motifs.


Diameter: 22.6 cm. (8.9 in.)


Various polychrome and gilded chinoiserie and related dishes with an AR mark are attributed to Adriaan van Rijsselbergh, who was contracted as a gold painter by De Grieksche A (The Greek A) Factory in 1713, and whose production period is thought to range from 1701 until his death in 1735, during which time he may have been working also in his own independent workshop. This gold painter, however, should not be confused with Arij van Rijsselbergh, who worked as a faience painter at the Drie Posteleyne Astonne (Three Porcelain Barrels) Factory and died in 1727.


Dishes of this type were based directly on Chinese porcelain originals of the Wanli period (1573-1627), an example of which is illustrated in L. Vinhais, J. Welsh (ed.), Kraak porcelain, The rise of global trade in the late 16th and early 17th centuries (London 2008), p. 198, no. 30.

Similar Delft dishes with AR marks include: one in the Groninger Museum, Groningen (inv. no. 1987-86, 226 cm. diam), illustrated in M. Rinaldi, Kraakporcelain, a moment in the history of trade (London 1989), p. 218, pl. 276; and Jörg, Scholten 1990, p. 16, no. 15, a pair in the Historisch Museum Arnhem (inv. no. AB 8890-A-B). A larger dish (38.5 cm. [15 in.] in diameter) in a very similar pattern is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (inv. no. 1936-18-3), illustrated in Schaap 2003, p. 71, where the author refers to it on p.70 as a “Cape Dish” or “Kaapsche schotel”, a designation for this type of dish, “in the style of the Wanli Period (1573-1620)…imported in [great numbers on] ships that sailed around the Cape of Good Hope” en route to Amsterdam and other European ports. Two other dishes in this pattern are illustrated in Van Aken-Fehmers 2012, p. 20, pl. 7 (left).

It is interesting to speculate that this popular Chinese design eventually transmogrified into the even more familiar and ubiquitous ‘Peacock’ pattern, made by many of the Delft factories from the mid eighteenth century onward in both blue and white and polychrome versions, examples of which are illustrated in virtually all the literature on Dutch Delftware, but prominently in Van Aken-Fehmers 2001, p. 147, no. 24 (with the mark of De Lampetkan (The Ewer) Factory, circa 1760-85; p. 242, no. 66 (with the mark of De Porceleyne Byl (The Porcelain Axe) Factory, circa 1750-85; and p. 316, no. 106 (with the mark of De Klaauw (The Claw) Factory, circa 1770-1800. 


  • Minor rim abrasions
  • One chip of 15 x 4 mm.
  • Overall in good condition

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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 35 × 35 × 10 cm


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