Six antique blue and white Delft dishes with a beautiful, intense cobalt blue color. The pattern is an intricate geometric design of stylized tulips emanating from a central tulip bulb. The dishes have wonderful grooved pie crust edges which is rare for Dutch Delft. They were made in the Netherlands, circa 1780.
A similar dish can be found in the Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum ( V & A) in London, England the catalog number is C-664-1920.
H 1.5 in. x Dm 8.75 in.
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 finest Delft was produced in the Dutch city of Delft. The Delft potters began to coat their pots completely in 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.
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