Delft crowbar, 1st half 17th century
Ø 22.5 cm H 3.2 cm
Presented is a rare early round deep, fairly thick-walled but light to the touch plate in Delft faience with grainy pâte. In dark underglaze blue on the flat on white tin glaze in the center a crow in profile on a kind of branch is hand painted, with a thick stripe motif all around the edge. The unpainted transition shows two concentric circles and merges steeply into a slightly externally curved, sloping wide edge. It is painted all around in dark underglaze blue with pyramidal zones, bordered with thick-walled lines in relief. Arabesque motifs and spherical points have been applied in between. Two concentric circles have been painted on the edge. We also point out the absence of “the pull”. However, the surface is covered with a translucent shiny lead glaze: the tails. The decor seems to have been hand painted without the use of poncifs. The back is pewter glazed without a base ring with a flat center and a sharply descending edge with visible rings indicating handmade design. There are no musts. The sign is not marked. It is very sonorous when tapped with a finger. The primitive cracked decoration and dark blue cobalt sapphire, as well as the absence of any markings, indicate an early origin, probably early in the 1st half of the 17th century. The plate appears to be inspired by the typical kraak porcelain from the Chinese Wanli imperial period. Although belonging to the household goods group, this plate remains exceptional due to its rarity, good condition and early dating.
Condition: a few chips on the edge, but otherwise in very good condition.