Dutch (Delft)
about 1660-80
Artist Unidentified


Overall height: 34 cm (13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware, pewter

On View

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





Bulbous jug with gadrooned body, flaring neck, strap handle, and minimal spout. The body and neck decorated in underglaze blue with dense foliage, birds, and dragonflies. Mounted with later pewter hinged lid with ball finial.


Two paper labels on underside:
"Dr. Gunter Grethe Collection/Aronson Antiquairs of Amsterdam"
""G [superscript C] G collection Gunter Grethe / 0113"


Pewter cover marked by Eraes van Meerbeeck, Brussels, ca. 1690
Flagon unmarked


Günter Grethe, Hamburg; sold from the Günther Grethe collection to Aronson Antiquairs (dealers), Amsterdam; 2004, sold by Aronson 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