In the style of 17th and 18th century Delftware, this pair of large polychrome faience wall plaques are from Holland, a region of the Netherlands. Hand-painted faience from Holland, such as this pair from the 1800’s, were typically painted in the traditional cobalt blue and white, however our plaques have vibrant colors that enhance two distinct scenes. Both plaques feature a roughly ovate shape molding and sinuous cutouts, typically seen in Dutch faience after the 17th century. These contoured edges have been painted with a nondescript motif consisting of quick brush strokes using blue paint.
The plaque on the left in our main photo depicts Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Most of the followers are clad in blue, green, or gold robes, however the apostle sitting in the chair in front of Jesus has a white robe, possibly indicating Judas, whom Jesus had inferred was “unclean”. Beneath the scene is a foliate banner with the phrase De Voete Wasching (Dutch for “the foot washing”). Biblical passages were common topics for Dutch faience, especially those depicting events in the life of Jesus.
A staged play in the middle of a town square is the subject of the other plaque. Just as with the other plaque, gold, green, and blue are used to represent the clothing of not only the four actors, but the crowd gathered to watch the production. A foliate mascaron embellishes the bottom section of the plaque. Our vibrant polychrome faience wall plaques would make beautiful decorative accessories in just about any room of the house.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with fleabites and minor losses. Some craquelure as well, which is expected of painted faience of this age. Wired in the back for hanging.