English delftwares of this kind are often called “bleu Persan” or “bleu de Nevers,” both with reference to stylistic influences. Pottery with white decoration on a blue ground had been made in Persia as early as the fourteenth century; potters in Nevers were making wares in imitation of these in quantity by the middle of the seventeenth century, and several English potteries were making them at the end of the seventeenth century. By far the majority of seventeenth-century English delft was made with a white ground in imitation of porcelain, making the bleu Persan wares a relative rarity that can be thought of as the aesthetic inversion of the typical scheme of darker decoration on a white ground. The decoration of some bleu Persan was quite abstract in character, consisting of splashes of white against a blue ground, while the so-called Chinese-figure-in-grasses pattern echoes the pictorial mode of decoration more widely shared among delftwares.

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c. 1685–1695
Tin-glazed earthenware (delftware)
2 3/8 × 7 3/8 × 5 5/8 in. (6 × 18.7 × 14.3 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, museum purchase funded by the Bayou Bend Docent Organization Endowment Fund in memory of Bayou Bend docent Henri Gadbois

Current Location
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Accession Number

[Jonathan H. Horne, London, 1986]; purchased by Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; consigned to [Sotheby’s, New York, January 19, 2019, sale N10003, lot 723]; purchased by MFAH, 2019.