Bust of Peter the Great

Dutch (Delft)
dated 1699
Possibly made by Jan Decker (Dutch, active about 1660–1740)


Height x width: 29 x 18 cm (11 7/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

Not On View





Bust of man with a mustache, wearing a crown, with shoulders draped. Supported on a four-sided, tapered socle, whose front face is decorated with a monogram surmounted by a crown. The left side of the socle bears the date “1699” surmounted by a crown, and the right side is inscribed with initials “MK SB” above a heart and within an oval surmounted by a crown.


Three paper labels:
"Collection G. Ephis / DEL 084"
"Stodel Collection / DA 206"
and remnants of a printed description, " Petit Buste de souv...la couronne roy..."


Dated 1699 on side of socle


1993, sold by Salomon Stodel (dealer), Amsterdam, to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012)

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger