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Pair of lidded baluster vases
earthenware (tin-glazed)
(a-b) 86.1 × 43.9 × 43.5 cm (overall)
(c-d) 87.0 × 43.0 × 43.5 cm (overall)
Place/s of Execution
the Netherlands
(a) painted in blue on base c.: LVE (monogram) / 21 / 4
(c) painted in blue on base c.: LVE (monogram) / 21 / 4
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Yvonne Pettengell Bequest, 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
Not on display
During the last decades of the seventeenth century the technical and artistic bravura of the leading Delft potteries reached its height. The production of these exceptionally large lidded vases would have stretched the technical abilities of the factory to their limit. The vases were made for display, as symbols of wealth and prestige, and would most likely have sat on a table, on top of a cupboard or on columns flanking a doorway. Such vases were produced for export to other European courts, particularly that of William III and Queen Mary II, under whose patronage the Delft factories flourished.