D0541. Blue and White Figural Wine Cistern
Delft, circa 1755
Modeled as Bacchus wearing a cap of grapes and leaves on his pierced head, a buttoned jacket pat- terned with blossoms and scrolling foliage above knee breeches, clasping in his hands a wine goblet and a bottle, and seated astride a striped barrel inscribed on the front “Witte Wÿn” (“White Wine”) above a hole pierced for a tap, on a table-form base decorated with blossoms, leaves and scrolls.
Height: 36 cm. (14 3/16 in.)
The Delft potteries quickly accommodated the new tastes of the nobility and the wealthy bourgeoisie for serving their drinks with the production of large decorative objects for the buffet, as well as wine and liquor cisterns. Cisterns were akin to large tankards or small pitchers with a low spout for easy tabletop dispensing of its contents. Delft potters transformed a very utilitarian object into a delightful work of art with a number of variations, that further illustrates the versatility of Delftware designers.
- Minor chips to extremities