A unique snuff jar acquired
17 May 2022
This week we purchased a majestic snuff jar of Amsterdam origin at the De Zwaan auction. In a Delft blue palette, this Delft pot shows the Waag building (Weight House) as it stood on Amsterdam's Dam for centuries, until the substantial building was demolished around 1820. Special about this jar is that it is one of a series of which we already had a copy in our collection, namely number 16; number 9 has now been added. It is not the intention to complete the series, but twins are certainly more impressive than a single pot. Moreover, we learn from the comparison with this acquisition that the Delft pottery De Bloempot was extremely industrial. The differences between the two jars are minimal. Especially when we look at the weight, which only differs by 8 grams! In addition, we see minimal painting variations that emphasize the handiwork. Both tobacco jars are now displayed in the museum.