Blue and White Delft Mantle Vase Hand-Painted in 18th Century Netherlands


This blue and white Dutch Delft mantle vase was hand-painted by and with the mark of De Vergulde Blompot (The Gilded Blompot)* circa 1780.
This vase was made to go on a mantle or bracket. Therefore, it is only 4.5″ deep at the deepest point.
The front panel features a hand-painted single large and beautiful peony growing from rockwork.
Around it are ferns and smaller flowers.
The vase’s finial is a traditional Dutch Delft flame finial.
Dimensions: 14″ tall x 6″ wide x 4.5″ deep
Condition: The current condition is excellent; small edge chips are invisibly restored
Price: $1,530
*The Gilded Blompot factory opened in the mid 17th century circa 1654.
Background of Dutch Delft:
Delft’s technique 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 a white tin glaze. They then covered the white tin-glaze with a clear glaze, giving depth to the fired surface and smoothness to cobalt blues. Over time they created a good resemblance to porcelain. By 1650, the potters’ and painters’ technical skills improved, and Delft began its golden age.


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