Blue-white fruit test on bottom plate.
Plateelbakkerij De Lampetkan.
The fruit test and bottom plate have an oval, octagonal shape and profile edges, modelled in relief, consisting of branches and shells. The fruit test stands on three legs, the handles are made of a shell between two brackets. The fruit test and bottom plate are painted in blue with floral patterns on a light blue coloured tin glaze fond. On the light curved flat of the bottom plate is an eight sided plane, painted with loose flowers and leaf branches. The eight-sided edge and a part of the flat are divided in eight areas and painted with two types, alternately applied, floral decors. The fruit test is painted in the same way, in the flat are holes. The bottom is painted with diamonds and leaf branches.
Dimensions: fruit test: length 28.3 cm, width 22.3 cm, height 8.4 cm; bottom plate: length 26.3 cm, width 22.3 cm, height 3.4 cm, height fruit test on plate: 9.4 cm.
Condition: fruit test: glued large shard to part of the wall, edge wear to holes, edge, and ears, to the bottom some glaze loss at the three holes. Bottom plate: two glued cracks, wall at the tear restored, wear to the edge.
A very similar set is in the collection of the Musée Ariana in Geneva, depicted in Schumacher (p. 34). The fruit test on bottom plate is marked YVDUYN for Johannes van Duin, from 1764 to 1773 owner of Plateelbakkerij De Porceleyne Schotel. Other items are a set of Plateelbakkerij De Porceleyne Bijl in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, depicted in Lunsingh Scheurleer (p. 206) and two 1761 dated sets of Plateelbakkerij De Porceleyne Fles. The latter are part of the Lavino collection (p. 169, top photos). From Plateelbakkerij De Lampetkan are also a butter dish on bottom plate and an ink set with candle holder known, which have, completely or partly, the same floral decoration. They are part of the collection of the Municipal Museumin the Hague and are depicted in Eliëns (p. 136, no. 14, p. 137, no. 15).
Fruit tests were used for small fruit - strawberries, raspberries and Berry - that were washed before consumption. This fruit was placed on the test, and thanks to the bottom plate which caught the water remains it could be placed directly on the table. In various sources, they are also called 'strawberry tests' (Eliëns, p. 124). Judging by the surviving items they must have been popular and commonly used objects. Except oval shaped fruit tests on bottoms plates, also round and hexagonal items were part of the Delft production assortment. They were also made outside of Delft, as can be witnessed by the branded copies from the Arnhem based factory (Duysters, pp. 114-115, 170-175). A round fruit test without bottom plate from the hand of the painter Gatse Sytses is a rare example from 1760-1770 from the Gleibakkerij of the Tichelaar family in Makkum. The piece is in the collection of Ceramics museum Princessehof (OKS 2005-054) in Leeuwarden.
Christie's Amsterdam, European ceramics and glass, Dutch delftware, 10 May 2001 (sale 507), Amsterdam 2001.
K. Duysters (ed.), Arnhem faience (1759 - ca. 1770). ‘Een Europees avontuur’, Zwolle 2008
T.M. Eliëns (ed.) of Delft earthenware. ‘Geschiedenis van een nationaal product’, part II, Zwolle/Den Haag 2001
M. Lavino, The Lavino collection, Lokeren, without year.
D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Delft. Niederländische Fayence, München 1984
A.-C. Schumacher, La donation Clare van Beusekom-Hamburger. Faïences et porcelaines des XVIe – XVIIIe siècle, Genève 2010
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