Hanau (no mark), ca. 1700
Faience, painting in 'high temperature' pigments, diameter 37.8 cm
This dish from the early period of the Hanau factory gives no hint of the decoration and shapes that would be characteristic of its later products. The floral decoration of this dish can be paralleled with that of two other pieces, a dish with the arms of Bavaria in the Museen der Stadt Hanau and a jar with a narrow neck in the Landesmuseum Cassel. An identical set of stencils was used on all three. The flowers, known as 'woodcut flowers' or 'Barockblumen' (baroque flowers) are derived from German engraved patterns, for example those by Johannes Tunckel (1642-1683). They perpetuate the Asian fleurs des Indes motifs; together with a Chinese crane, these are most strikingly reproduced on the Cassel jar the shape of which is reminiscent of an East Asian covered vase.