D8228. Blue and White Small Plaque
Delft, circa 1705
Painted with a tavern scene of peasants reveling and watching a couple dancing to the music of a horn-player, a skeptical cat seated on the tiled floor in the foreground, the rounded self-frame with a blue-ground border of large blossoms and profuse foliage and interrupted with four molded oval panels painted at the sides with a dancing Chinese boy (Zotje) and at the top and bottom with a long-billed bird amidst grassy plants, and the top further molded with a shell-form crest pierced with a hole for suspension, the reverse unglazed.
22.9 cm. (9 in.)
In the Low Countries, genre paintings enjoyed a distinct popularity, with paintings showing scenes of ordinary people engaged in common activities. Especially, scenes of drinking were a recurring theme in Dutch genre painting beginning in the 16th century. Delftware painters were influenced by these popular scenes and recreated them on plaques.
An engraving after a painting by Adriaen van Ostade was the inspiration for this lively scene. Two different print sources may have served as models for the Delft artist: the etching of ‘The Country-Fair’ by Joannes Visscher and ‘Peasant Couple Dancing in Front of an Inn,’ by Willem de Broen. The Delft artists were masters of adaptation. The scene on this plaque, more frequently found painted in the horizontal shape of the print, is painted vertically. The painter has also cleverly transformed the exterior scene to an interior setting by adding a tile floor and drapery at the top.
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€10.000 – €40.000