Large Delft earthenware platter with Japanese figures decoration, Early 18th Century


DELFT. Large circular earthenware platter with blue camaïeu Chinese decoration.
Mark PAK for the workshop L’A Grec (De Grieksche A, 1658-1818), under Pieter Adriaensz Kocx’s direction and his widow (1701-1722)
Diameter : 35 cm (13-3/4 in.)
Minor chips on border.

After the second half of the 17th century, problems prevented Chinese and Japanese porcelain imports to Europe. The Delftois potters responded to the needs of important collectors.
They then copied the oriental earthenware porcelain by trying to imitate as closely as possible the material (with a leaden glaze called "Kwart" accentuating the brightness), blue color and especially the decorations.

This platter (schotel) adapts a rare Japanese porcelain "ai-Kakiemon" which Expertissim also currently offers a work for sale (referenced as no. 2013050990)
The Delftois painter treated with a certain naivety the figures whose features are similar to those of European than Oriental. He however added birds in the platter’s upper part because they were very popular with the European clientele.

These ceremonial pottery pieces, which were much less expensive than the original porcelain from China or Japan, were then mixed with the latter on cupboards for illusion purposes.

The A Grec was among the most prestigious workshops at the time.

For two other objects with the same pattern consult:

- Lille, Fine Arts Palace, inventory no. C2347
- Drouot, Audap & Mirabaud, November 10, 2010 (by the workshop Pot de fleurs doré)

The De Grieksche A (L'A grec) Manufacture was founded in 1658 by Wouter van Eenhoorn and mentioned for a last time in 1818 in the archives. Between 1678-1686, the management assured that Wouter’s son, Samuel van Eerhoorn, whose worthy originality without a doubt lied with interpreting Oriental decorations in double blue and manganese camaïeu.

In 1868, Adriaen Kocks, married to Samuel van Eenhoorn’s sister, was the head of manufacturing. Until his death in 1710, he skillfully managed a staff of artists with some well-known such as Jan Verburgh or Pieter van den Hurck, without precisely identifying their works. European and Oriental themes were then treated equally by the painters.

Pieter Adriaensz Kocks took over as manufacturing head after his father’s death in 1701. He died in 1703 and his widow Johanna van der Heul handled the workshops until 1722 when she ceded the company to Jacobus van der Kool. She was plateelbakker, meaning a painter-potter and the mark of Jv d H is attributed to her. The mark PAK is notably found on high quality blue camaïeu works. For the most part, the Delft gilt production employs the same famous mark. It can also be found underneath fake productions.

From 1722-1758, the L’A grec manufacturing belonged to the van der kool - van der Willigen family. It was then bought by Jan Theunis Dextra who is noted for a polychrome high-fired diverse production with European styling.

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  • Expertissim Reference: 2013070015