T. A. C. Colenbrander designed the form [Turban], and décor [Firmament] of this striking covered vase. Decoration consists primarily of abstract zigzag and spiky shapes that may be distant cousins of the long, serrated saz leaf of sixteenth century Iznik pottery and Turkish carpets. Along with the title, the presence of distinct zones of design suggests that the theme can be described by these lines from the book of Genesis, 3:1.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.”
Signature: Marks: Painted Rozenburg, Den Haag, D, firmament, 699 / painted Firmament [inside lid].