Blue and White Delft Charger hand Painted 18th Century Netherlands Circa 1760


This pair of mid-18th-century Dutch Delft chargers is handpainted in several shades of cobalt blue.
The viewer is drawn to the lovely scene in the center of each charger, which shows an elegant peacock in a flowery garden near water.
The wide rim has eight panels, each with a single chrysanthemum or artemisia leaf.
This traditional design was inspired by the Chinese blue and white “Kraak” porcelain chargers that were very popular in late 17th and 18th century Holland.
In Chinese tradition, chrysanthemums symbolize long life and happiness, while an artemisia leaf symbolizes good health.
The border, with its positive connotations, conveys auspiciousness and optimism.
In summary, the alluring shades of cobalt blue, the captivating central scene of a peacock in a blossoming garden, and the chrysanthemums and artemisia leaves on the rim create a harmonious and visually striking composition.

Dimensions: 13.25″ diameter x 2″ tall

Condition: Excellent with small edge frits invisibly restored

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Background of Delft

The technique of making Delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “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. First, the Delft potters began to coat their pots thoroughly in a white tin glaze. They then covered the white tin-glaze with a clear glaze, giving the fired surface depth. Over time they created a good resemblance to porcelain. By about 1650, the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.

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