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Bloemaert, Abraham (1564-1651)



Bloemaert, Abraham (1564/66-1651)


As a child, Abraham Bloemaert (1564-1651) moved with his family from Gorinchem to Utrecht. He was apprenticed to no less than five different masters, among them his father Cornelis Bloemaert I. Having travelled to Paris and Amsterdam, in 1593 Bloemaert returned to Utrecht. There he was to remain for the rest of his life. Abraham Bloemaert acquired a name for his paintings of mythological and religious subjects. Bloemaert - a pious Catholic in the Protestant Northern Netherlands - received numerous commissions from the Catholic Church. Bloemaert’s early paintings feature the exaggerated, elongated and muscular figures of mannerist art. In the 1620s, when his career was at its height, his style began to change. Influenced by his pupils, including Gerard van Honthorst and Hendrick ter Bruggen, he painted a number of works in the Caravaggist manner. 

A print by Cornelis J. Visscher de Jonge (1629?-58?), a Dutch engraver who based his design on a drawing by the Haarlem-born painter and printmaker Abraham Bloemaert (1564/66-1651). (Reproduced from: Chine de Commande, (D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, (Uitgevermaatschappij De Tijdstroom BV, Lochem 1989), p.219, Afb. 193a.)


Lunsingh Scheurleer illustrates an engraving by Cornelis J. Visscher de Jonge, which is almost identical, on the porcelain the later added mountains in the background seem to have been evolved from the trees in the original print. The scene is recorded with at least three border decorations, the earliest with a diaper rim and Meissen-style cartouches of about 1736-38, and another about five years later with this type of rim en grisaille. A Delft faience example in blue is in the Musée de la Compagnie des Indes, Lorient, France. (Gordon 1977, p.76, cat 60), (Howard & Ayers 1978, vol. 2, pp.369-370, cat. 362), (Lunsingh Scheurleer 1989, cat. 193a ), (Sargent 2012, p.252)


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Bloemaert, Abraham (1564-1651)


Object 2011935








Height with cover 130 mm (5.11 inch), height without cover 93 mm (3.66 inch),  diameter handle to spout 200 mm (7.87 inch), diameter mouthrim 59 mm (2.32 inch), diameter footring 60 mm (2.36 inch), weight with cover 425 grams (14.99 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 71 grams (2.50 ounce (oz.))


Teapot of globular shape on footring. Straight spout with a curved C-shaped handle. The inlaying flat cover with pointed knob and lobbed edge. Decorated en camaïeu with overglaze lilac pink enamels and gold with a fisherman standing at a riverbank near two large wicker baskets and a large tree, two birds in flight and in the background three houses. Round the shoulder  a border of scalework and irregular panels supported by peacocks and garlands. The cover is decorated en suite


The decoration on this teapot has been taken from a drawing titled 'Un pêcheur,' (The Fisherman) by Abraham Bloemaert (1564/66-1651), a Haarlem-born painter and printmaker, who specialized in historical subjects. Originally Bloemaert's design was engraved by his son Cornelis II (ca.1603-ca.1680), but the design on this teapot has been reversed, which points to the idea that it was based instead on a later re-engraving, possibly a wood-cut published by the Dutch engraver Cornelis J. Visscher de Jonge (1629?-1658?).(Sargent 2012, p.252)


Chine de commande objects decorated en camaïeu in overglaze lilac pink enamels are rare. (Jörg 1989/2, p.170)


For early objects with the 'Un pêcheur' design with a diaper rim and Meissen-style cartouches decorated in various overglaze enamels and gold, please see:

For early objects with the 'Un pêcheur' design with a diaper rim and Meissen-style cartouches decorated en grisaille with iron-red and gold, please see:

For other objects with the 'Un pêcheur' design, decorated en grisaille with gold, please see:

Interestingly the border design with the diaper rim and Meissen-style cartouches used on the objects with the 'Un pêcheur' design mentioned above match those on the so-called 'Sail maker' Chine de commande design, for an example of this dish please see:

For other objects with the 'Un pêcheur' design, decorated en camaïeu in overglaze lilac pink enamels, please see:

Condition: A few tiny frits to the tip of the spout and two frits to the rim of the cover. Various firing tension glaze hairlines to the base running through the footring and to the underside of the spout.



Beurdeley 1962, cat. 123 

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1966, cat. 197, 198 & 289 

Gordon 1977, cat. 60

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1974, cat. 206, 207 & 298 

Howard & Ayers 1978, vol. 2, cat. 362 

Boulay 1984, p.272, nr. 1 

Hervouët 1986, cat. 3.8, 3.9 & 3.10 

Jörg 1989/2, p.170, cat. 43 & 44 

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1989, cat. 193a & b 

Sargent 2012, cat. 126 & 127


Price: Sold.


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