A Dutch white delftware strainer

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Origin
Delft, the Netherlands
Period
17th century
Material
Earthenware
Dimensions
12 cm
Diameter
23 cm
Literature

A similar strainer is depicted in Léon-Paul van Geenen, 'De tijdloze schoonheid van Deltsch Wit', Hoorn 2013, p. 201, ill. 23.10.

The white-glazed strainer stands on tripod feet and two handles are applied to the sides. The entire stainer is modelled with holes, except for the thick rim on the exterior.
This type of strainers were used to wash and present fruit.

Various types of white-glazed strainers survived: not only the tripod circular ones, but also also heart-, star- and clover-shaped ones. Possibly these strainers had a decorative function besides their obvious practical use.  

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