This antique Delft charger features a tartan pattern of regular colored stripes and checks. It is quite rare to find an example of a tartan on Delftware. In the well of this charger is an elegant plaid surrounded by a red necklace design and two bands of colorful circles. By the time this charger was made in the mid-1700s tartan plaids were well established as a symbol of Scottish clan identity.
H 1.75 in. x D 13 in.
The technique of making Delft 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 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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