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Large dish with an Allegory of Taste

Delft, circa 1650-1660

Origin: Delft


Date: Circa 1650-1660

Dimensions: Diameter: 53 cm


C.E. Jedelo, Delft 1863;

Newlinski, Vienna;

Coll. S. Alberge, The Hague;

Sale Frederik Muller & Cie, Amsterdam. 9-12 Nov. 1954, lot 343, Sold for fl. 2400,-;

Coll. Benjamin Katz, Dieren;

Sale Paul Brandt, Amsterdam, 1963 lot: 69


The dish fits within a group of which each dish is painted with one of the five senses. The Musée Royaux d’Art and d’Histoire in Brussels is the only museum that has such a complete series, whereby the description is written on the plate. These dishes have a diameter of 40 cm. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam owns a number of dishes of various sizes with these subjects.  Our dish is, to date, the largest in the range with no less than a diameter of 53 cm. The fully painted border is richly decorated with a wide variety of flowers.

The dish has an impressive provenance. C.E. Jedelo, was Mr. Gold and Silversmith at the Wijnhaven in Delft and also traded in antiques. Among other things, he was a contributor to the Exhibition of Antiquities and Marks of Interest, important for the Netherlands in the Province of South Holland, held in Delft in 1863. Four thousand pieces were submitted. This dish then ended up with Viennese banker Newlinksi, and subsequently remained in the hands of various antique dealers for generations. The Hague antiquarian Alberge was the most important address for Chinese porcelain and Delftware prior to 1940.

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