• European Noble and Private Col auction at Christies

    Sale 2835

    European Noble and Private Collections

    15 - 16 December 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 305

    A set of twelve Dutch Delft blue and white herring fishery dishes


    Price Realised  


    A set of twelve Dutch Delft blue and white herring fishery dishes
    Circa 1750-1775, De Porceleyne Bijl mark
    Each decorated with aspects of the herring fishery and inscribed with a caption and numbered one to twelve:

    N=1 Breije En Boeten der Netten
    N=2 Fictaljere van de Buis
    N=3 Toemaken van Een Hoeker
    N=4 De Buijsen loope in Zee
    N=5 De Buijs Op d= Neering
    N=6 Zee Schuit Op d= Neering
    N=7 De Buijs Zeild Binne
    N=8 't Verkoopen van Haring
    N=9 't Haring Banket
    N=10 't verpakke der Haring
    N=11 't Rooken der Haring
    N=12 't Boeten der Haring Netten

    23 cm. diam. (12)

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    The Herring industry formed the most important fishing activity in the Netherlands outweighing whale fishery in volume and also in turnover. Such was its economic importance to the Republic that it was referred to as "Groote Visscherije" or "large fishery" in contrast with whale fishery which was categorised to be in the small fishery. The present set is decorated after the etches by Adriaan van der Laan (circa 1690-died after 1742) after drawings by Siewert van der Meulen (died 1730).
    A comparable series is in the Gemeente Museum Den Haag, illustrated in M.S. van Aken-Fehmers, Delfts aardewerk, Geschiedenis van een nationaal product, volume II, Zwolle, 2001, pp. 239-241, nr. 65

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