The Netherlands (Amstel)
Artist Unknown, 19th century
Object Place: Europe, The Netherlands
4.4 x 26 cm (1 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration
Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)
The molded, rectangular cushion-shaped dish has a gently waved upper rim with indented corners and a canted shoulder. In the center of the dish is a scene, painted in puce camaieu on a white ground, showing five uniformed soldiers in front of a heavily draped tent. The tent is situated on a small rise overlooking a hilly landscape; at each side is a scrubby tree. Two of the soldiers stand and gesture toward the distant hills, and the other three are in conversation, one sitting on the ground, one standing, holding a horse’s bridle, and one mounted. The two cavalrymen wear short jackets, white breeches, and high hats; the other soldiers wear longer coats and tricorn hats. Four puce flower sprays are evenly placed around the central scene; a single flower at the top left of the dish covers an imperfection in the glaze. The border, scalloped
and scrolled in low relief above the shoulder, is painted in green enamel. The outer rim is decorated with a gilt dentil pattern.
(1) on base, in underglaze blue: Amstel; incised: script L 3 *; impressed: two vertical strokes
(2) on base, incised: script 4 ' 2
Amsterdam. Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.
Gift of Rita and Frits Markus