Important Ancient Dutch Painting Tile
A singular rarity of museum importance, a Dutch majolica dome topped painting of the 16th century, 1575-1600, likely Antwerp and soon after the Italian introduction of majolica painting as described below. This piece could be more generally described as a very early "Delft painted plaque". Spoken of, but next to impossible to find, any such examples, except those for the purpose of repetative wall tiles. Here, a most rare and exceptional early survivor, a tin glazed and domed thick earthernware tablet having been bathed in white tin glaze before being painted in full and brilliant color pallet and kiln sealed in a clear glaze.The descriptive text below puts this piece into context, however, in a nearly full search of the near 12,000 tiles shown, dated and described in the Netherlands Tiles Museum Foundation, none are actually found to exist or, elsewhere in an extensive search.(no others ever encountered over nearly 60 years, here, in my own collection, with tiles dating back to the 11th century), there is at least one other unique and extremely rare tile offering here, a different lot.
From Memory of the Netherlands, The Tiles Collection
"In the sixteenth century, Italian craftsmen migrated to the prosperous trading town of Antwerp, where they introduced the technique of decorating earthenware with tin glaze. For the first time, the people of the Low Countries became acquainted with the technique of painting earthenware in bright, shiny colors. The technique spread to the north and new workshops for tiles and majolica opened in a number of Dutch towns."
The last image here shows a pair of Dirk Bouts paintings, a Dutch diptych prior to 1475, his death date, mentioning intact original frames and hinges. Dieric Bouts, Mater Dolorosa/Ecce Homo, after 1450. a rare surviving diptych with intact frame and hinges These frames are identical to the original period frame on this rare and wonderful ancient Dutch majolica painting. Unsigned, unknown artist, exceptional condition with a circular glaze bruise at top center and a tiny bit of left side edge roughage, not seen while in it's fine condition, original painted and gilded wood frame, all will be seen in the images. The plaque is 6.5" x 10", the frame is 1" wide x 1.25" thick.