Height 27 mm (1.77 inch), diameter width 117 mm (2.01 inch), diameter length 137 mm (0.83 inch), weight 154 grams (5.43 ounce (oz.))
A single spice dish of tapered lotus leaf-shape. Decorated in underglaze blue with a "Long Eliza" figure with three little boys in a fenced garden landscape. On the interior walls four sprays of foliated scrolls. The exterior is undecorated.
This spice dish was once part of a Chine de Commande spices set, comprising of an eight pointed star-shaped central dish surrounded by eight tapered lotus leaf-shaped radial form dishes.
In the Age Looxma Ypeij (1833-1892) collection, Princessehof Leeuwarden nationaal keramiekmuseum, one of the notable Chine de Commande objects is a spices set comprising of an eight pointed star-shaped central dish surrounded by eight tapered lotus leaf-shaped radial form dishes. At first sight one would identify this set as Dutch (Delft), infact the set is Chinese. Clearly this set is a Chinese copy of a Dutch (Delft) original. These "Delftse specerijensets" were part of large dinner services of which 17th century examples are known. Around 1685 an identically shaped set with an eight pointed star-shaped central dish surrounded by eight smaller dishes was made in Delft by "De Witte Starre" for Wenzel Ferdinand Prins Lobkowitcz van Bilina (1656-1697). This Dutch Delft spices set is completely identical to the extremely rare and complete Chinese set in the Looxma collection. (Pohle 2006, pp.6-13)
This decoration shows one of the most popular motifs of that time, the slender Chinese woman, holding a flower. In Dutch she was called a Lange Lijs, which became "Long Eliza" in English. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.101)
For an identically decorated complete spice dishes set, please see:
•"Porseleinzaal van Age Looxma Ypeij in ere hersteld", D. Pohle in: Keramika, Jaargang 18, Nummer 4, Winter 2006, pp.6-13.
Condition: Two tiny shallow glaze rough spots to the rim and some unglazed spots to the exterior wall.