D2042. Polychrome Plate
Delft, circa 1760
Painted in the center with a Chinese figure wearing a manganese and green robe and seated next to a table with a teapot and two teacups in a landscape of rockwork and pines with two flitting insects, the wide rim painted with four stylized floral vignettes alternating with four seated Chinese figures wearing a yellow, manganese, blue and green robe and leaning on a stylized rock.
Diameter: 22.5 cm. (8.9 in.)
The Anton F. Philips (1874-1951) Collection, Eindhoven, and thence by family descent
In Delft most factories produced both a high-end line of decorative objects and useful wares and a low- end selection of common utensils, which, ironically, are rarer today because they were used, worn out or damaged and then irreverently thrown away. What has survived today are generally the higher-end objects, in general more beautiful, always more loved, admired and cared for by generations of owners. It is often the case of the surviving Delftware plates. These decorative objects were intended to be displayed on etageres, in glass cabinets or on walls. Some of the plates may have been part entire services commissioned to the Delft potters and were used only on rare occasions.
- Usual rim fritting