Blue and White Delft Charger Made by The Claw in the Netherlands circa 1780


This beautiful blue and white Dutch Delft charger was hand-painted in deep cobalt blue in the factory of “The Claw” in the late 18th century, circa 1780. The decoration in the center shows a vase filled with sunflowers and ferns. The design is reminiscent of a peacock displaying its feathers. Since the 18th century, the pattern has been known as the “Peacock” pattern. The crisp yellow of the slip-painted rim brings out the color of the cobalt blue.

Dimensions: diameter 12.5 inches

Condition: Excellent with small edge chips invisibly refinished

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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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