Antique Delft Charger 18th Century Polychrome Colors Netherlands Circa 1770


This antique Dutch Delft charger was hand painted in the 18th century, circa 1770. The center of this large Dutch Delft charger shows a lovely chinoiserie scene painted in vibrant polychrome colors, including blue, green, yellow, purple, and iron red. The scene depicts charming houses with exotic oriental-style roofs, picturesque mountains coming down to the waterside, a single majestic tree, and other foliage. The border of the charger is elegantly decorated with a pattern of iron red darts and delicate blue cross-hatching.

Dimensions: 13.75 in diameter x 1.75″ tall

Condition: Excellent

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Background of Delft

The origins of Delft are found in the Middle East. Tin ash was used in a glaze for pottery as early as the 9th century in Mesopotamia. Using white glaze over a dark or buff-colored pottery body created a “canvas” on which painters could show brilliant colors that did not appear well on the earlier pottery’s darker bodies.

Background of Polychrome Delft

Beginning in the last quarter of the 16th century, Italian artisans introduced tin-glazed pottery painted in polychrome colors into the Netherlands. The defining characteristics of this pottery are a paste that is cream to light buff-colored and decoration that includes geometric, floral, figural, and Chinese motifs painted in iron-red (orange), blue, green, and yellow.


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