D506. Blue and White Jug
Delft, circa 1680
Marked LC in blue for Lambertus Clef- fius, the owner of De Metale Pot (The Metal Pot) Factory from 1670 until 1691
The teardrop-shaped body painted on the front with a songbird in flight and another perched on a blade of grass above an exotic bird standing on a pierced rock amidst flowering plants, and on the reverse with a flowering chrysanthemum plant beneath the vine-decorated loop handle, the neck with a blossom and foliate devices above a stylized demi-ruyi-head border; mounted with a contempo- rary hinged pewter cover with the unidentified mark of a crowned rose with the caster’s initials D.P within the crown.
Height: 21.8 cm. (8 1/2 in.); Overall: 24.6 cm. (9 11/16 in.)
The mark of Lambertus Cleffius is composed of his interlaced initials, L.C. Unlike his contemporaries, whose production is characterized by horror vacui, Lambertus Cleffius preferred spare decoration. Cleffius is also known for his use of a fine line known as a trek.