A pair of 18th century blue and white antique Delft chargers decorated with dragons. The mythical dragon in the center of these chargers is a rare motif on Delft plates. It has an open mouth, sharp teeth, hair standing on end, and sharp claws. The figure of the dragon is surrounded by chrysanthemums and stylized vines which fill the well of the charger. To make the design, the body of the dragon was first outlined in dark cobalt blue then filled in with a lighter blue wash. The border is divided into six panels of fruit or flowers with leaves separated by a diaper pattern. The edge of the dish is painted with a brown colored slip.
In the shop we also have a group of three smaller plates in this pattern (9 inches diameter, price: $1,400 for the three plates).
2 inches in height, 13.5 inches in diameter.
Excellent. Small edge frits invisibly restored.
$3,300 for the pair.
For an image of an identical plate and a discussion of its origins see: E B Schaap “Delft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art” pages 46 and 47.
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