On View In:
Gallery 310
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Dish  
Date:   late 18th century  
Medium:   Tin-glazed earthenware  
Dimensions:   2 1/4 x 12 x 12 in. (5.7 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm)  
Credit Line:   The William Hood Dunwoody Fund  
Location:   Gallery 310  

Founded in 1609, the Dutch East India Company imported into Europe large quantities of Chinese porcelain, usually with bright blue-and-white floral patterns. Such thinly potted, translucent porcelain was unknown in Europe at this time and became highly prized for its rarity and decorative qualities.

Envious of this flourishing trade, Dutch potters soon began producing imitations of Chinese porcelain by painting pottery with similar motifs, as well as with images of European landscapes and Biblical stories. The city of Delft in the Netherlands became an important center for this type of glazed earthenware. To create "Delftware," a fired vessel is covered with a glaze of lead and tin oxide, which, when dried, turns the surface white. After the designs are painted in cobalt blue, the vessel is fired a second time to fix the glazes and to produce the ware's glossy sheen and striking contrasts of blue and white.

Object Description  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   Number on object is difficult to read; soft paste porcelain with floral decor in underglaze blue  
Creation Place:   Europe, Netherlands, , ,  
Accession #:   23.8.103  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts