Blue and White Delft Dish Hand-Painted 18th Century, England, Circa 1760
This Delft blue and white dish was hand-painted in England in the 18th century circa 1760.
The painting is quite naive but eye-catching.
In the center, we see a large blue ground before three homes, each with a chimney.
To the left, we see a large peony, and to the right, a pine tree.
The wide border shows six flower buds on the vine, and along the edge are scrolling vines.
Dimensions: 9.25″ diameter
Background of English Delft:
The art of making Delft began in England in the Mid-1500s. An English delftware jug has been found in East Malling, Kent, with a silver mount hallmarked 1550, which is presumed to be the earliest date of English delftware manufacture. John Stow’s Survey of London (1598) records the arrival in 1567 of two Antwerp potters, Jasper Andries and Jacob Jansen, in Norwich, where they made “Gally Paving Tiles and vessels for Apothecaries and others…”
The production of Delft reached its high point in the mid-1700s around the time this pair of chargers were made; after that, creamware pottery began to replace Delft as the useful pottery of the English middle class.
See: Caiger-Smith, Alan, Tin-glazed Pottery in Europe and the Islamic World: The Tradition of 1000 Years in Maiolica, Faience and Delftware, Faber and Faber, 1973, ISBN 0-571-09349-3.