A Blue and White Delft Jar Hand-Painted in the 18th Century Circa 1780


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A blue and white Dutch Delft jar hand-painted in cobalt blue showing a peacock in a flower-filled garden.
The scene is inspired by Chinese porcelains of the 17th and 18th centuries.
The matching cover is decorated with flowers, ferns, and scrolling vines and is topped by a traditionally shaped blue knop.
The overall effect is charming.
Dimensions: 12″ tall x 5.25″ diameter at the widest point x 3.5″ diameter at the base
Condition: Excellent (small edge chips invisibly restored)
Price: $1160
Background of Dutch Delft:
Delft’s technique was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “The Delft Pottery Maker,” written in 1794. Dedicated to Lambertus Sanderus, the owner of De Porceleyne Claeuw (The Porcelain Claw). Delft faience began in the 17th century. Much of the finest Delft was produced in the Dutch city of Delft. The Delft potters began to coat their pots completely in a white tin glaze. They then covered the white tin-glaze with a clear glaze, giving depth to the fired surface and smoothness to cobalt blues. Over time they created a good resemblance to porcelain. By circa 1650, the potters’ and painters’ technical skills improved, and Delft began its golden age.