D1023. Blue and White Large Biblical Dish
Haarlem, circa 1650
Painted with ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ depicting Joseph standing at the door of the stable behind Mary seated with the Christ Child on her lap while the three Kings, Balthazar, Gaspar and Melchior, kneel before them to offer gold, frankincense and myrrh borne by their attendants. Behind them a seated archer with a monkey, beyond them to the right their three horses and grooms, and in the foreground at the left a recumbent ox. The rim with a scalloped and barbed blue-ground border of fan devices alternating with tripartite foliate sprigs, and the footrim pierced with two holes for suspension.
38.5 cm. (15.2 in.)
This dish has both the stylistic and technical characteristics of a group of blue and white biblical dishes produced in Haarlem in the mid-seventeenth century. Red pin marks and a dripping glaze can be seen on the reverse.
- Usual rim abrasions
Delivered in its custom box
Plate hanger and stand included