Dutch Delft blue and white 'Peacock' plate, 18th century, with ochre rim, the centre decorated in cobalt oxide with an urn containing an arrangement of peacock feathers and flowers, the rim with stylised flower heads against a scrolling ground, with underglaze blue mark of the three bells to the base, with the figure 2
Diameter: 23 cm. (9 1/16in.)
Some slight fritting to the ochre rim
marks on Dutch delft
The 'peacock pattern' was a popular design in the Netherlands throughout the eighteenth century. Though its development is certainly linked to the popularity of designs associated with the luxury and exoticism of 'the Orient', the combination of peacocks, urns and scrolling vines may have originated in early Byzantine funerary iconography. Such designs can be found on sarcophagi and floor mosaics in Ravenna dating from the 4th century onwards.