Blue and white decorative dish

Blue and white decorative dish
Title
Blue and white decorative dish
Date 
ca. 1703
Medium 
Earthenware
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. ( 5.7 x 49.5 x 41.3 cm )
Description 
Tin-glazed earthenware oval molded dish with wide rim; white tin glaze decorated in blue with an unclothed woman representing fecundity seated among columns, draperies, leaded windows, and five small children. Flower baskets and masks on the rim and floral sprays and birds in wells. Date (1703) and initials(W over W G) painted in window.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number 
1940.270
Marks 
painted: on dish in window: "1703" "W" and "W G"
Gallery Label 
The design of this dish is copied from lead-glazed wares made by the sixteenth-century French potter Bernard Palissy. English examples were probably cast from a mold made from the earlier French models. This example dates later than any of the seventeen known dated examples of the fecundity motif, which all fall within the dates 1633 to 1697. A similar example, from the collection of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, sold at Sotheby's, October 21-22, 1994.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group