Butter dish with cover

Dutch (Delft)
about 1730
Artist Unidentified


Height x width: 9 x 12 cm (3 9/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)





Oval container with vertical sides, bound with double iron-red bands at top and bottom. Lid is held in place by raised tabs at both ends and its center surmounted by a gilt finial in the form of a seated Foo dog. Top is decorated with a Chinese bronze vase with branches and flowers in iron-red.


Two labels on underside:
"Stodel Amsterdam / DA292"
"Collection G. Ephis"




2005, 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