Group of a Dozen Blue and White Delft Chargers


A set of 12 large Dutch Delft blue and white chargers hand-painted in deep cobalt blue. The rim of each charger is painted with yellow slip. The hand-painted design shows a vase filled with sunflowers and ferns. The design is reminiscent of a peacock displaying its feathers and has been known since the 18th century as the Peacock pattern.

Made in the last quarter of the 18th and first quarter of the 19th century, this group is part of our large collection of blue and white Dutch Delft.

Dimensions: H 2.5 in. x Dm 13.75 in.

Condition: Excellent. Small edge frits invisibly restored.

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

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