Blue and White Delft Dish Hand Painted with Dragon Netherlands Circa 1780


This exquisite dish is almost identical to a blue and white Delft dish in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Bequest collection of John W. Pepper. 1935-10-39.
The dish is described in detail by E B Scapp in her book “Delft Ceramics at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.”
Scapp’s description is summarized below.
The mythical dragon in the center of this dish, a rare motif on Delft plates, has been painted with a wide open mouth and sharp teeth.
The form of the dragon is defined by a darker outline pigment known as “trek.” This outline is filled with a blue wash.
An apprentice painter often did outlines and borders on pieces.
A more accomplished painter would complete the center decoration.
The border is divided into six panels of diamond pattern fretwork alternating with ovals containing stylized fruit and leaves.
The edge of the dish is painted with a thin line of brown slip.
This is an altogether fabulous piece of 18th century Dutch Delft!

Dimensions: 9″ diameter x 1″ height

Condition: Excellent with small edge frits invisibly restored

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Background of Delft

The Delft industry in the Netherlands began in Antwerp in the 15th century.
Protestant artisans forced to leave Antwerp due to religious pressure migrated to the northern Netherlands in the 16th century and established the pottery industry primarily in Delft.
The pottery makers in Delft began producing tin glazed earthenware in Chinese porcelain style to fill the market void caused by a war in China. As a result, the Delft pottery industry became very successful and eventually had a range of styles, including European subjects and original styles. At its peak, the city of Delft had almost 40 factories making Delftware.

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