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Butter dish: C.2450 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: The White Star Factory
Proprietor of factory: Berg, Dirck van den




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with rural scenes

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue. The circular, tub-shaped butter dish has horizontal reeding at the top and bottom of the sides, and two upright pierced arch-shaped lugs on opposing sides. The very slightly convex cover has shallow rectangular indentations cut in the edge to accommodate the lugs, and a vertical shaped handle with a rectangular hole in the lower edge. The sides of the tub are decorated with a continuous landscape with buildings and trees. On one side a man is walking to the left holding a staff in his right hand. On the other side, two farm labourers are raking hay, and there are three haycocks in the background. Each lug is decorated with a rosette. The upper half of the top of the cover is decorated with a building on the right, and a man walking to the left between two trees. The lower half has three haycocks, two men raking hay , and on the right, a a girl holding a rake. On the base is the factory mark.


History note: Van Herck, Grand Place, Antwerp, from whom purchased for £3 on 20 June 1907 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 13 cm
Height: 6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late#
Circa 1776 CE - 1793 CE


The White Star Factory (De Witte Ster) operated in Delft between 1660 and 1804. The mark on this butter dish appears to be that used during the directorship of Dirck van den Berg between 1776 and 93.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Base Diameter 11 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: there is a dot over the first stroke of the D

  • Text: six-pointed star underlined, over DB underlined over 16
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2450 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73532
Old object number: 2654
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 October 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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