National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1939
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery Level 2, NGV International
The form of this Dutch delftware bottle copies a Chinese porcelain model which ultimately derived from an Islamic metalware form. The Chinese had produced porcelains for export to the Islamic world for centuries before the opening up of sea trade routes with Europe, and forms originally created for export gradually entered the Chinese repertoire. This bottle is decorated with scenes of figures in the Transitional style (note the small ‘v’ shapes employed to represent grass – a characteristic feature of Transitional style painting), but also includes stylised tulips around the neck, a wholly European element.