A set of six blue and white delft dishes made in the Netherlands in the last quarter of the 18th century. The dishes are decorated in several shades of cobalt blue. The center of each dish shows a garden scene. We see an oversized peony, banana leaves, a taihu (pierced limestone) rock and behind it all a fence defining the edge of the garden. The borders of the dishes have traditional cross hatch design, and a simple leaf pattern within four cartouches. On each dish the cobalt blue has flowed in places near the border.
H 1 in. x Dm 9 in.
The technique of making Delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “The Delft Pottery Maker” written in 1794 and 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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