"Sign Wk, Early 18th-century, Magnificient Faience Delft Polychrome Round Dish"We are pleased to present you, a magnificent and rare Delft faience plate, hand-painted in polychrome color, depicting a lighting zigzag pattern.
Our plate signed on the backside in blue, WK, for Willem Kool who succeeded in 1701 Jacobus Koolet.
Beautiful Dutch work, early 18th-century by the earthenware Delft factories, circa 1710-1730.
Dimension: Diameter 12.00 In.
This dish moved closer to a plat with lightning pattern kept at the Philadelphia Museum of the Arts, and an over dish kept at the National Museum of Ceramic in Sevres under the number 1 267.
Excellent original condition.
The zigzag pattern seen on this plate was favorite decoration frequently produced in various sizes ans shapes on Dutch faience.
Factories such as The Peacock, The White Star and The Three Bottles used similar decorations on dishes and oval or round platters. With its surface lavishly filled by designs, this dish is in the style of Japanese-export Imari ware. This pattern was very popular, as evidenced by the number of similar dishes and platters that have survived.
The center of this polychrome plate is decorated with irregularly shaped medallion around flowering water plants. The medallion is framed by cloud formation, from which zigzags emanate. These zigzag lines, called blisksem or lightning-bolt motif, may have been inspired by a little bridges or fences decorating Imari porcelain, a design motif appropriated an reinterpreted by Delft potters. The pink-striped curlicues in the clouds may represent the ray of the sun. The four flower-filled circles are separated by the lightning motif. The remaining space of this plate is filled with more flowering plants in blue, green, yellow, and orange.
A gradually curved plate with a continuous design from rim to rim and without a foot rim, like this one, is called a pannekoeken bordje, or pancake plate.
References : Delft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art et La faience de Delft HP Fourest Office du Livre, Fribourg Edition Vilo.