D1237. Blue and White Oval Tureen and Cover
Delft, circa 1740
Marked Z:DEX: in blue for Zacharias Dextra, the owner of De Drie Posteleyne Astonne (The Three Porcelain Ash-Barrels) factory from 1722 to 1759
Each piece painted on either side with a chinoiserie scene of three figures fishing for crayfish, the central man seated and holding aloft a fishing rod affixed with a crayfish above a second man kneeling at the water’s edge and reaching for the crustaceans, behind them a kneeling lady pulling a crayfish into a basket, a tree and small shrubs in the distance, the ends of the tureen with a flowering prunus branch beneath molded loop handles decorated with a central band of trellis diaperwork, the cover surmounted by a double foliate-scroll knop, and the rim and footrim of each piece with a bold spearhead border.
Length: 28.3 cm. (11 3/16 in.)
Delftware from De Drie Posteleyne Astonne (formerly referred to as De 3 Vergulde Astonne or The Three Gilt Ash-Barrels) factory under Zacharias Dextra is characterized by the unusual tone of the blue decoration and the thinness of its potting, resulting in a particularly porcelaneous quality.