Oval vase with cover

Dutch (Delft)
about 1660-1680


Overall height: 22.1 cm (8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

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





Ovoid body with domed lid. Body decorated in blue and white with floral groups, including lotus blossom, interspersed with birds. On one side, a Chinese pheasant standing on a rock; on the reverse, a lotus plant with birds above, and sun abvove. The low domed cover is decorated with a single large flowering branch.


Two paper labels on underside:
"Aronson Antiquairs/Amsterdam" and "Collection G. Ephis"


Unidentified "OX" in underglaze blue


Dr. Frederik Hendrik Fentener van Vlissingen (b. 1882- d. 1962), Utrecht. 2008, sold by Aronson Antiquairs (dealers), 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