Blue and White Delft Charger Hand Painted Netherlands 17th Century, Circa 1685


This blue and white Delft charger was hand-painted with a chinoiserie scene in the late 17th century. The decoration style was taken directly from Kraak porcelain chargers exported from China to Europe in the 17th century. In the center, we see a vase sitting on the garden terrace, overflowing with beautiful flowers. Among the flowers is a scroll, one of the Eight Treasures often depicted in Chinese decorative art of this period. Two butterflies hover around the flowers. The wide border has panels showing sunflowers and traditional Chinese objects of good fortune.

Dimensions: 12.75″ in diameter

Condition: Very good, with small chips 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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