Wine pitcher

Dutch (Delft)
about 1650
Mounts marked by Augustinus Brunsvelt (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands)

Object Place: Europe, Delft, The Netherlands


Overall: 24.2 x 14cm (9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.) Other (Without cover): 22.4cm (8 13/16 in.) Other (at base): 9.4cm (3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware with silver lid and foot rim

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





The thrown baluster-shaped jug has a straight-sided neck with a slightly extended spout above double bands of ribbing and a pinched waist, which flares to a wide shoulder. The bulbous body tapers from the shoulder to a band of triple ribbing, which joins the foot to the body of the jug. A high loop handle with a small terminal is joined to the body at the neck above the ribbing and to the lower half of the jug just below the shoulder. The silver lid is of teardrop shape, the central section raised and engraved with the coat of arms of the Alyva Meckema- Van Eysinga families. A single engraved line follows the outline of the flat lower edge of the lid. The silver thumbpiece is formed as a pair of wing-like objects atop an L-shaped hinge, which is joined to an engraved and shaped mount affixed to the top of the handle by a smaller hinge. The unmarked silver base rim consists of three decorative bands: a plain outer band, a raised and vertically ribbed central band, and an upper band with the leaf-shaped and engraved prongs, which are bent over the lower edge of the foot of the jug. The interior of the jug is glazed and the foot unglazed.


(1) on base, incised: five parallel lines
(2) on inside of lid, struck: town mark of Leeuwarden, date letter b for 1653, maker's mark AB conjoined for Augustinus Brunsvelt
(3) on underside of silver thumbpiece, engraved: five parallel lines
(4) on base, incised: V


By 1980, Rita and Frits Markus, New York and Chatham, MA; 1983, year-end gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 18, 1984)

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus