Blue and White Delft Mantle Vases



A pair of Dutch Delft blue and white mantel vases painted in particularly deep cobalt showing a nobleman walking on a country road. To his left we see a Dutch farmhouse, to his right a leafy tree. The scene is framed by a symmetrical design of Rococo inspiration with floral motifs of flower heads and scrolling vines. Each vase is topped with a well-executed traditional foo lion finial.

This pair would look lovely on a fireplace or a pair of side tables.


H 14 in. x W 5.5 in. x D 5 in.




$1,500 for the pair


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 about 1650 the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.

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