• 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 293

    A DUTCH DELFT PIERCED DOUBLE-WALLED KETTLE, COVER AND STAND

    DATED 1745

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    A DUTCH DELFT PIERCED DOUBLE-WALLED KETTLE, COVER AND STAND
    DATED 1745
    The pear-shaped pot with scrolled bail handle, the domed cover, pierced neck and shoulder tightly painted with flowers, the lower portion with a meandering flowering vine, the stand as a warming pot with upright scrolls to support the pot, the interior of the stand and underside of the pot initialed IOD and dated below I1745
    12 in. (30.5 cm.) high, overall; 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) wide (3)


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    Another Dutch example, dated 1744 and in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, is illustrated by Elisabeth Neurdenburg, Old Dutch Pottery and Tiles, 1923, pl. XXXI and by D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Delft, Niederländische Fayence, Munich, 1984, p.218, no. 103. The form is not known in English delft, however it is known in silver - see lot 186 in the present sale.

    Also known is an English delft puzzle jug painted in a similar manner, if not by the same hand, inscribed John:Keeling and dated 1742. Acquired from the Rous Lench Collection (Christie's, London 29 May 1990, lot 23), it is now in the Longridge Collection (Leslie Grigsby, The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware, vol. II, London, 2000, pp. 328-329, D.300).

    Given the similarities between this puzzle jug and the two Dutch kettles made within three years of each other, questions arise. Was the unknown painter of Dutch origin working in England? An Englishman who emigrated to the Netherlands? Given that the kettle form is known in English silver, is scholarship wrong and both kettles are English? Or is the 1742 puzzle jug Dutch?

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 18 May 1992, lot 2.
    With Mark and Marjorie Allen, New Hampshire.