D1939. Polychrome Model of a High Chair
Delft, circa 1775
The baby wearing a blue cap and manganese-brown jacket, seated in a yellow-wheeled hexagonal rolling chair with a high back, inscribed “Soete Roosje” (Sweet Little Rose) and painted on the front and sides with blue and manganese garlands, and yellow and iron-red flowers and green leaves.
Height: 13.4 cm. (5.3 in.)
Along with cradles and fire baskets, multifunctional wheeled high-chairs, kakstoel, were often given as a wedding present to symbolize the desire for a rich progeny. Miniature Delftware nursery furnishings like the present example were also traditionally given as gifts to celebrate an engagement or a wedding, or especially a birth. The hexagonal shape of the chair incorporates a feeding and playing tray, a seat with a hole and a chamber pot beneath, and a footrest with a brazier below to keep the child warm.
- Usual rim frittings