Porcelain

Maria had a lot of what the Dutch called porcelyn, porcelain. What we now call porcelain was made exclusively in China until the mid-1700's, when Maria died. Thus, some of what she possessed was porcelain imported from Asia. The rest was pottery made from clay in Europe and coated with a tin-based glaze to make it impervious to water. Some of it, we would now call Delftware, though the phrase "Delf ware" did not enter the English language until the early 1800's, to be gradually replaced by "Delftware".

The inventory makes an attempt to group similar objects. The pages with the full list of inventory items are listed in order as they appeared in the inventory. None of the group names or item totals are in the original. However, in several places, the writer left a blank line, usually between larger groups; the sections below preserve those divisions.

Summary totals compared to her peer group of 20, including her. (Achter de Gevels 452).

Porcelain

  total average Maria
earthenware 257  13  
Delftware 1378  69  
oriental porcelain 6124  306  
enameled porcelain 361  18  
Chinese porcelain 310  16  
Japanese porcelain 2624  131  
East Indian porcelain 224  11  
 Total  11,021  551  609

Plates, platters, and dishes

Total (all on p. 109 of the inventory): 264

  • 33 platters
  • 18 commemorative plates (6 each) with Leeuwenhoek's coat of arms, portrait, and Oude Kerk obelisk
  • 43 brown and blue Japanese plates
  • 9 butter dishes
  • 97 plates
  • 2 shaving bowls
  • 14 saucers
  • 7 soup bowls (and cornetjes)
  • 41 pots, jugs, pitchers, tankards

Porcelain

  total average Maria
coffee things
1008    
coffee cups
261    
coffee saucers
254    
tea things
3236    
tea cups 1943    
tea saucers 2123    
 Total      

Rinsing bowls, things for tea and coffee, cups, teapots

Total

  • 40 rinsing bowls
  • 372 cups
  • things for tea and coffee
  • 58 cups
  • 42 teapots
  • 97 miscellaneous: milk pitchers, dolls, and salt and pepper containers

Delft white ware in inventories in Maria's tax bracket:

  • earthenware: 6
  • beeld: 0
  • bord: 6
  • kan: 14
  • karaf: 0
  • koffiegoed: 0
  • kom: 23
  • pot: 0
  • schaal: 3
  • schotel: 28
  • theegoed: 30