Dutch Haarlem maiolica plate, 'noppenbordje'
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- Haarlem, the Netherlands
- C. 1600-1610
- 19 cm
Similar dishes are illustrated in Dr. Pieter Biesboer, 'Nederlandse majolica 1550 – 1650. Schotels en tegels', Amsterdam 1997, pp. 34-35, ill. 23-27.
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The dish is decorated to the centre with a bird of prey, surrounded by a white-glazed border, modelled with bosses. Between 1550 and 1600 Haarlem was the centre of the maiolica production in the Netherlands. So-called 'noppenbordjes' were produced between circa 1590 until 1625. The shape of these dishes was inspired by metal plates and dishes. Usually they are painted with figurative decorations: animals, people, attributes, as is the case with the present example that depicts a bird of prey.