Made in the mid-18th century, this extraordinary hand-painted blue and white Dutch Delft charger shows a hunting scene. We see the hunter and his two hounds chasing a leaping stag. Around them are bushes and tall trees. The leaves on the trees were applied with a sponge. The effect is energizing and beautiful.
H 2 in. x Dm 13.5 in.
Background of 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 began to cover the white tin-glaze with clear glaze, which gave 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.