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A pair of flowerpots

Delft, with floral decoration in blue and white.

Origin: Delft, ‘The Greek A’ pottery

Marked: AK = Adriaen Kockx (Model after Daniel Marot)

Date: Circa 1686-1701

Dimensions: Height: 30 cm, Diameter foot: 16.5 cm, Diameter with ears: 32 cm

Provenance: Ex. Collection: Dr. F.H. Fentener van Vlissingen, Vught.

These elegant flower pots are carefully shaped according to models of large-scale garden vases, which were made in marble, cast iron or lead. The decoration of finely painted ivy twigs on the concave sections of the vases’ bodies is highly original. The curving vertical bands at the lower section of the bodies, known as ‘gordons’ in French, ‘gadrooning’ in English and ‘knerren’ in Dutch, can also be found in marble vases, but also in metal examples, including precious metals. The upper and lower border with palmettes in low relief and decorated in shades of blue , is a recurring motif in Delftware, and based on designs by Daniel Marot.

Jhr. C.H.C.A. van Sypesteijn notes in his well-known publication Oud Nederlandsche Tuinkunst, that it became fashionable from the late Medieval period to furnish gardens with fine and rare plants, generally imported from more temperate climates, and which were ill-suited for these colder Northern areas. In order to avoid digging them out in autumn and replant them in spring, it became custom to plant them in pots and vases. These were sometimes made from metal, painted in blue and white, or from red-firing clay. Van Sypesteijn suggested that these early metal flower pots were a source of inspiration for the later pots and vases of Delft earthenware.

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