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Diaper basket

Delft, circa 1670-1685

Origin: Delft

Marked: Not marked, Decoration after Adriaen van Ostade

Date: Circa 1670-1685

Dimensions: 11.3 cm x 34 cm x 39 cm

Provenance: ex. Collection Jhr. Six van Vromade, Fl. 310,-, M. Keerzer;

Sale Jack Niekerk, Amsterdam, 18 October 1932 lot 235.

A.. Vecht, Amsterdam.



A diaper basket was usually made of woven willow branches, wicker or wood and the shape is almost the same form as that of the mangel tray. In very wealthy families, one could find a silver diaper basket, also known as clothes (ben = basket), which was displayed as a status symbol in the delivery room. Herein lay the most precious items of clothing worn during the christening, such as the red velvet and lace-covered upper and lower linen diaper (luur = diaper), the gloves and the lace cap etc. The depiction on this diaper basket leaves nothing to the imagination. We see an Old Dutch interior with a woven wicker cradle in the middle. The mother has just changed the child, while the father is lighting a pipe. A similar scene is depicted on a smaller-sized basket attributed to the ‘Moriaenshooft’ pottery by the Hoppesteijn family.

The shape of the diaper basket has many similarities with a wooden mangle tray from the same period, while the half-round twisted ornaments on the edge are directly derived from the woven wicker diaper baskets from Halle in Brabant. We find this in a small format in the inventory of the doll houses.

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