Collection Online
Medium
earthenware (tin-glazed)
Measurements
(a-g) 97.8 × 29.8 × 26.5 cm (overall)
Place/s of Execution
Delft, the Netherlands
Inscription
(a) painted in blue on upper rim of base c.r.: 2
(b) painted in blue on inside u.l.: 2
incised in base c.: B
(c) painted in blue on inside c.l.: 1
incised in base c.: A
(d) painted (inverted) in blue on inside c.l.: 1
incised in base c.: A
(e) painted (inverted) in blue on inside u.r.: 1
incised in base c.: A
(f) painted in blue on inside u.l.: 2
painted (inverted) in blue on base c.l.: 2
incised in bsae c.: B
Accession Number
2014.288.a-g
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, NGV Women’s Association, 2014
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
Gallery location
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Delft earthenware is one of the greatest Dutch achievements of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and this vase is an example of the most virtuosic productions of the 1690s. Over a period of sixty years, from around 1680 to 1740, The Greek A Pottery produced a huge variety of flower vases, many of which were destined for export. These extraordinary Baroque creations reflect the great patronage of Queen Mary II towards the Delft potteries and, following this patronage, pyramidal flower vases were produced for the great courts of Europe as symbols of wealth and prestige at the most elite level.