D2007. Blue and White Flower Vase
Delft, circa 1720
Unidentifiably marked CX and the numerals 70 17 in blue
The flattened cartouche-shaped body painted on the front with the seated figure of ‘Flora’ holding a cornucopia of flowers in her right arm and a large spray of flowers in her left hand, and on the reverse with a landscape scene of a figure walking over a bridge towards a pagoda, the top with a demi-ruyi-head border issuing five octagonal spouts, all with foliate devices, the sides affixed with blue ground S-scrolls, and the knotted ankle with scroll devices above the blue-ground rectangular foot reserved with panels of stylized leaves and floral sprigs.
Height: 16.3 cm. (6.4 in.)
Flower vases with fanning rows of spouts were produced at the Delft potteries from the 1680s to about 1740. Initially, they were designed as simple quintel vases, which were topped by a single row of five spouts arranged in a fan. The heart-shaped model with five spouts followed the early quintel vase. The only marked pieces of the heart-shaped model are from De Metaale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory, and were produced until the 1730s. This model was probably intended to be seen from one side because of the flat shape. The decorative vase may have been displayed on a mantel piece, above a door, or on a piece of furniture.
- Repair to corner of foot