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Delft faience became very popular during the 18th century and ended up in the collection of the Musée de l’hotel Sandelin, Saint Omer, France. This “beurrier” was made by an anonymous designer around 1750. This type of decoration is inspired by Kakiemon motifs used in Japan. The baskets are called ‘hana kago’ there. This influence is also evident by the polychrome decoration with gold and red [1].

The snail on top looks a bit like a Cepaea shell with its spiral bands suggesting a colour pattern. The animal is stylised, the shell is dextral; not  an identifiable species.


This object is very comparable to one we have seen before, from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam [2]; cf. also [3].

[1] SSO, inv. 982.078. Joconde | escargot (réponse #177 | 14.vi.2014).
[2] item #47.
[3] item #147.