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  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware with painted decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 7, The Sheikha Amna Bint Mohammed Al Thani Gallery, case CA17

During the early seventeenth century, Dutch potters produced brightly coloured tin-glazed earthenware for the local market. The technology to make this type of ceramics had been imported from Italy via Antwerp during the sixteenth century. Popular motifs on Italian pottery such as birds and running hare were also adopted in the North. During the first half of the seventeenth century this type of colourful tableware was used alongside the much more expensive blue and white imports from China.

Physical description

Blue tin-glaze on front only, decorated in white, dark purple, green and orange. The back is lead-glazed. Pierced suspension hole.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)


1600-1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware with painted decoration


Diameter: 33.5 cm, Height: 4.5 cm

Object history note

The dish has two suspension holes throught the footrim on the back which were pierced through the clay before firing. This makes it possible for the dish to be hung on the wall from a string, giving it a decorative as well as a practical function.

Descriptive line

Dish depicting a bird on a branch on a blue ground, Netherlands, 1600-50, tin-glazed earthenware with painted decoration

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

Korf, Dingeman, Nederlandse majolica, Haarlem 1981, Pl. XVIIa (opposite p. 163) for a similarly decorated dish, then in the J.R. Ritman Collection, Amsterdam

Labels and date

made Netherlands, Netherlands 1600-50
Tin-glazed earthenware with painted decoration

C.595-1909 Given by J.H. Fitzhenry [16/07/2008]


Tin glaze; Earthenware




Ceramics; Delftware; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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