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  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (north, made)

  • Date:

    1656 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case J2, shelf 4

Physical description

Red earthenware decorated with brown and green ornamentation in relief and covered with a glaze. Hands extend from peacock feathers on either side and clasp in the centre.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (north, made)


1656 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, glazed


Diameter: 8 in imperial measurement from registers

Object history note

At the time of acquisition, this bowl was thought to be English. It was subsequently changed to German. August 1926 Dr Bossert said it was NOT German. The recent label said 'German, probably Marburg'.
(14 November 2001) RH recorded that Jan Daan van Dam, curator of the Rijksmuseum said it was a Dutch (North Netherlands) "grabbelbakje".; date should be right.

Descriptive line

Red earthenware with brown and green glazed ornamentation, peacock feathers with clasped hands in relief. North Netherlands, dated 1656.

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

Gangelen, Hans van et al., De Bloeiperiode van jet Noord-Hollans Slibaardewerk, ca. 1580-ca.1680, Wormerveer, 1997
Illustrates an almost identically decorated piece, also inscribed: 'PPC ANNO 1656' and another, courser example, dated 1698. Both attributed: Northern Netherlands
E. M. Ch. F. Klijn, Loodglazuuraardewerk in Nederland : de collectie van het Nederlands Openluchtmuseum = Lead-glazed earthenware in the Netherlands : the collection of the Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem (Nederlands Openluchtmuseum), 1995, p. 53, fig 43, pp. 219-220
V&A Ceramics and Glass Collection Object Information file

Labels and date

Probably made at Marburg, Germany dated 1656

1917-1855 [16/07/2008]
Bowl with relief decoration of joined hands, North Netherlands, dated 1656
1917-1855 [2010 (TAB)]


Earthenware; Glaze

Subjects depicted

Hands; Peacock feathers


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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