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  • Place of origin:

    Delft (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1750-1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware with painted decoration and brass

  • Credit Line:

    Bought from the Haliburton Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 49, shelf 4

Physical description

Standing female figure symbolising 'Justice' on a pedestal and holding a brass sword and scales. Painted decoration in blue, manganese, two shades of green, yellow, red, black and gold. Some of the colours are badly fired and there is extensive overpainting on the dress of the figure. The moulded figure is hollow and has a pierced firing-ventilation hole in the bottom.

Place of Origin

Delft (possibly, made)


1750-1775 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware with painted decoration and brass


Height: 41.7 cm, Width: 22.4 cm

Descriptive line

Female figure of Justice carrying sword and scales, tin-glazed earthenware with painted polychrome decoration and brass, possibly Delft, 1750-1775.

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

Lunsingh Scheurleer, D. F. Delft: Niederlandische Fayence. Munich, 1984. Fig.406.
Lunsingh Scheurleer, D. F. Delfts Blauw. Bussum, 1975. Fig.24.

Labels and date

Female figure depicting Justice
possibly made Delft, Netherlands 1750-75
Tin-glazed earthenware with painted decoration, brass


The polychromy is probably a 19th-century addition. [16/07/2008]

Production Note

According to Jan Daan van Dam and Hans & Jacobien Ressing 14-11-2001, probably piece of white Delft, 'improved' by enamelled polychromy in the 19th century.


Tin glaze; Earthenware; Brass


Painted; Moulded; Pierced

Subjects depicted

Sword; Scales; Female


Ceramics; Delftware; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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