Rosewater dish

Dutch (Delft)
about 1660-80
Artist Unidentified


Diam. 48.1 cm (18 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

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





Round dish with raised center to receive a ewer (missing). Broad border decorated in Ming Transitional style in blue and white with figures in garden landscape vignettes with bamboo, banana leaves, and a portion of a structure at right edge.


Two labels on underside:
"Dr. Gunter Grethe Collection/Aronson Antiquairs of Amsterdam"
"Collection G. Ephis"




Günter Grethe, Hamburg; sold from the Günther Grethe collection to Aronson Antiquairs (dealer), 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