This lustrous dark-blue ground, bleu persan derives from wares produced at Nevers in France. Persian pottery of the 14th century was similarly decorated in white on a dark-blue glazed ground, this was then imitated by the French potters of Nevers in the 17th century which in turn influenced the potters of London, Brislington and Belfast. Contemporary accounts suggest that this type was likely referred to as 'Persian ware' and 'Blew ware'. Dark blue fragments have been found at several sites in London, including Pickleherring (Mark Brown's Wharf), Norfolk House and Brislington.
For three lobed dishes with splash decoration see Michael Archer, Delftware in the Fitzwilliam Museum, London, 2013, p. 79, A.105-A.107. A further dish was in the John Philip Kassebaum Collection and subsequently the Longridge Collection, sold Sotheby's London, July 1 1986, lot 33 and Christie's, London, June 10-11 2011, lot 1265. The shape of the present dish is unusual with more numerous and finer flutes at the rim, and is seen more frequently in Dutch Delft and Haarlem faience. An English dish of close form was in the Collection of Thomas Burn, Rous Lench Court, Sotheby's, London, July 1, 1986, lot 33.
A bleu persan porringer splashed in white was in the Collection of John Philip Kassebaum, sold, Sotheby's, London, October 7, 1991, lot 40, formerly in the Collection of Louis L. Lipski, sold, Sotheby's, London, March 10, 1981, lot 19. An almost intact porringer splashed in white was excavated in Lambeth, see Michael Archer, Delftware in the Fitzwilliam Museum, London, 2013, p. 230, F.2.