Pair of Blue and White Delft Dishes

$1,150.00

Description

Pair of antique Delft plates in blue and white with a lovely chinoiserie decoration that features a vase overflowing with flowers. Around the vase and flowers is a wide border with symbols of good fortune in the Wan Li style (Wan Li was the Emperor of China from 1572-1620). During his reign and for decades afterwards many Chinese Blue and White porcelains had borders which incorporated the symbols of good fortune.

Our pair of dishes are decorative with a wonderful design and would make a great addition to any collection of blue and white.

History

Delft is a type of earthenware which is low fired pottery and is porous unless sealed with a glaze. The Delft glaze is essentially a very thin layer of glass deposited on the surface of the piece and fused to it when fired in the kiln. Over 1000 years ago potters in the Middle East discovered that by adding 10-15 percent white tin ash to the glaze they were able to create an opaque white surface which would be more conducive to decoration with colors than the original brown clay body. The use of white glaze over a dark or buff colored pottery body created a “canvas” on which painters could now show brilliant colors which did not show up well on the darker bodies of the earlier dark colored pottery. In the Middle ages Middle East potters took the technique to Spain and Italy. In the third quarter of the 16th century the technique spread to Holland and England. During this period the city of Delft became the premiere center for this type of pottery which is known today as “Delft”.

Dimensions

Dm 8.75 in. x H 1.25 in.

Condition

Excellent. Small edge frits invisibly restored.

Price

$1,150 for the pair.


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