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  • Place of origin:

    Rheurdt (made)

  • Date:

    1739 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Menten, Peter (maker)

  • Credit Line:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case J2, shelf 1

Physical description

With flowers, green, yellow and red, on drab ground. In the centre an equestrian portrait.

Place of Origin

Rheurdt (made)


1739 (made)


Menten, Peter (maker)

Marks and inscriptions



Weight: 4.45 kg, Diameter: 21 in taken from Register

Object history note

Bought for £2 from Delaunoy in Paris.
At the time of acquisition, this plateau was considered to be German or Swiss. Subsequently attributed to Krefeld.

The same style of decoration for the horse rider can be seen on a dish attributed to Hoerstgen, dated 1738 (Niederrheinisches, n.231). The horse and rider are left in the white slip with small details such as the hat, cuffs and buttons of the rider are picked out in colours. The Hoerstgen dish commemorates the marriage of Hagh and Rich. Hoerstgen and Krefeld are both in the Lower Rhineland. The rest of the decoration on this dish is different to this one.

Another large dish (Niederrheinisches, n.346) bears very similar floral decoration in its borders. It is attributed to Rayen and is dated 1763.

There is another dish bearing the inscribed name of 'Peter Menten' (Niederrheinisches nr.440).

Descriptive line

Red earthenware covered with a white slip, with incised decoration of a man on horseback painted with copper green oxide. Made by Peter Menten. German (Rheurdt), dated 1739.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Deneken, F. Die Sammlung niederrheinischer Tonarbeiten, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, 1914
Scholten-Neess, M. and Werner Juttner, Niederrheinische Bauerntopferei 17.-19. Jahrhundert, Dusseldorf, 1971

Labels and date

Plateau with decoration of a horse rider bearing a sword, made by Peter Menten, German, Rheurdt, dated 1739
2556-1856 [2010 (TAB)]

Subjects depicted

Rider; Horse


Ceramics; Earthenware; Slipware


Ceramics Collection

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