• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 246

    A DUTCH DELFT BLUE AND WHITE BIBLICAL PLAQUE

    CIRCA 1670

    Price Realised  

    A DUTCH DELFT BLUE AND WHITE BIBLICAL PLAQUE
    CIRCA 1670
    Rectangular, painted with a scene of Jesus being led by a guard, the underside with chamfered edges
    6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) high, 11 in. (27.9 cm.) wide


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    As noted in the Aronson catalogue, the present plaque appears to depict a scene from the life of Christ recounted in each of the four Gospels: Jesus of Nazareth, having been brought before Pontius Pilate for trial is released to the general population described as the King of the Jews. He is clothed in a red or purple robe and given a 'crown' of thorns, all symbolic of this 'royal' status, then mocked and abused before being re-dressed in his own clothes and led off to be crucified. It is this last scene that is the subject of the present plaque, perhaps one from a series depicting the Passion of Christ.

    Provenance

    With Aronson Antiquairs, Amsterdam.


    Literature

    Dave and Robert Aronson, Dutch Delftware 2005, Amsterdam, 2005, p. 6, no. 3.