Hand painted circa 1780, this eye-catching blue and white Delft charger is hand painted in shades of cobalt blue with black accents. The artist has captured a vibrant garden scene transporting the viewer to a world of beauty.
In the center, we see a pine tree, to one side, a sizeable blossoming peony, and on the other side, a budding peony, all framed by a garden fence that serves as a graceful boundary, enhancing the harmony and balance of the overall design.
The border is decorated with four groups of leaves and a single peony bud.
Dimensions: 11.75″ in diameter x 1.75″ deep
Condition: Excellent with slight edge frits invisibly restored
Background of Dutch Delft: The technique of making Delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “The Delft Pottery Maker,” written in 1794 and dedicated to Lambertus Sanderus, the owner of De Porceleyne Claeuw (The Porcelain Claw). Delft faience began in the 17th century. Much of the most beautiful Delft was produced in the Dutch city of Delft. The Delft potters began to coat their pots thoroughly 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 technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.
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