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Verstraeten, Willem Janz, production, possibly, United Provinces of the Netherlands, North Holland, Haarlem


The decoration of this dish was inspired by Italian maiolica, possibly from Deruta, as fragments of Deruta maiolica with grotesque decoration have been found in Haarlem.


tin-glazed earthenware; Netherlands maiolica




circa 1645 circa 1655
previously c. 1650


Urbino style


mid 17th century


tin-glazed earthenware, painted with St John holdinga cross on a staff/or putto, surrounded by grotesques in the style of Urbino maiolica; yellow border with slanting orange dashes


tin-glazing; whole
painting; decoration; in yellow, orange, manganese-purple


earthenware; whole
tin-glaze; whole
high-temperature colours; decoration; yellow, orange, manganese-purple


height, 5.4, cm
width, 33, cm


bought; 1945-02; The Glaisher Fund

Acquisition Credit:

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund


Tentoonstelling Fries Museum, Leeuwarden. 1971. Antwerps Plateel.Leeuwarden: p. 56
Cf. p. 56, cat. no. 69, a dish in the Victoria and Albert Museum with the same central figure, but of a different shape, dated c. 1600. Cf. no. 68, a dish of the same shape in the Boymans-van-Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam.

Christie's. 2005. British and Continental Ceramics including property from the collection formed by Otto and Magdalena Blohm.London: p. 133-4
Cf. Lot 189, a dish attributed to Haarlem

Lahaussois, Christine. 1998. Sèvres, Musée National de Céramique, Faïences de Delft.Colmar, Paris: Réunion des musées nationauxp. 77
Cf. Two dishes with grotesque decoration and nude putti in the centre, attributed to Haarlem, c.1650-60

Baart, Jan M.. Danner, Helga. 2008. Italiaanse Grotesken en Crabben in Haarlem, Het Atelier van Willem Jansz. Verstraeten.Haarlem: Gemeente Haarlem
Cf. pp. 52-93,nos. 1-39, several dishes with plain or crinckly edges decorated with predominantly yellow and orange grotesques and a central medallion enclosing a putto in a sketchy landscape, attributed to Haarlem and elsewhere in the Northern Netherlands


Object Number: EC.2-1945
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 76907; input: 2004-03-11; modified: 2017-11-14)


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