Antique bowl with floral pattern


I have recently come into possession of this bowl from my mother. Family lore holds that it dates back to the Mayflower; although, I doubt that could ever be verified. However, since legend holds that it dates to the time of the Pilgrims, and they were in the Netherlands before they set off for Massachusetts, I wonder if this is a piece of 17th C Delft pottery?


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Dear, it is not delft pottery, it is not hand-painted, but applied via engraving, I do not think the bowl ended up in Massachusetts via the Mayflower. The Pilgrims left Delfshaven (Rotterdam) for England on the Speedwell on July 31, 1620 and, after a delay, left Southampton for America in early September 1620. The engraving print was not yet available in 1620, so the bowl must have ended up in Massachusetts later, regards jvdh.

Geachte, is geen delfts aardewerk, is niet handgeschilderd, maar via gravuredruk aangebracht, ’k denk niet dat de kom via de Mayflower in Massachusetts is terecht gekomen. De Pilgrims vertrokken met de Speedwell op 31 juli 1620 uit Delfshaven (Rotterdam) naar Engeland en vertrokken na oponthoud begin september 1620 vanuit Southampton naar Amerika. De gravure druk was er nog niet in 1620, dus de kom zal later in Massachusetts terecht zijn gekomen, groet jvdh.

It is always exciting to have such pieces as a talking point of family history. It never ceases to amaze me how many people with Dutch roots find their way back through items such as these. A bit more information about studying decoration can be found in this video or read about here. Perhaps by studying your piece a bit further, you will be able to find a detailed clue that can lead you to the right provenance. Then again, some things are also well kept in mystery. Thank you for sharing!


  • Niet-Delfts


  • Niet in Delft gemaakt Delfts aardewerk wordt alleen zo genoemd als het echt in Delft is geproduceerd. Lees meer
  • Nieuwere productietechniek Na 1850 ontwikkelen fabrieken in binnen- en buitenland efficiëntere, goedkopere productietechnieken. Dit aardewerk valt buiten de scope van deze site. Lees meer
  • Niet handbeschilderd Traditioneel Delfts aardewerk is handbeschilderd, maar na 1750 komen er nieuwe technieken voor het aanbrengen van decoraties. Lees meer
  • Geen merk te zien Er is op de foto’s geen merk zichtbaar. Mocht die wel aanwezig zijn, voeg dan wat extra foto’s van de onder- of achterkant van het object toe.

Thank you for sharing this bowl. It is made in the 19th or early 20th century. I am not sure where it has been made. Possibly in Maastricht, The Netherlands, or maybe in England.