For sale is A genuine antique 17th century Dutch Delft apothecary jar with blue and white motif. Unglazed base reveal a reddish brown foundation clay which was then painted in blue and white glaze, a method used in early delft plate to reflect people's taste in Asian blue and white dinnerware. The free hand style painted design of double peacock, angle bust and flower basket is a classical style and well composed.
The jar is marked at the bottom with the trade mark of 3 bells, a very clear maker's mark for "De Drie Klokken" (three bells). De Drie Klokken pottery was established in 1671 at a premises on De Geer that had previously housed a brewery. The company was founded by Barbara Cornelisdochter Rotteveel. Her grandson, Pieter Mesch, took over in 1706. This apothecary jar is circa late 1600s.The apothecary content this jar used to hold is named on the jar as "Axungia Huminus" (human fat). It is apparently a common practice to use this as medicine. Unfortunately, this beautiful jar were broken in the past and has been carefully restored from its pieces.
After restoration, there does not seem to be any missing pieces. See the photos for detail.Overall, this is an extremely early example of antique delft apothecary jar (with surprising past content) and beautiful design and patina in well restored condition. An excellent display item and conversation piece! It measures 4" in diameter and about 7" tall at the rim. Other than the repairs, the jar is in good condition. Age appropriate wears and surface imperfections are to be expected.
Please see all photos for detail. Feel free to check out my other antique and collectible listings. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Collector Plates". The seller is "marblemill" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.