Blue and White Delft Tulipiere or Tulip Holder C-1870


This blue and white Dutch Delft tulipiere or tulip holder shows a lovely romantic scene.
We see a shepherdess delicately walking onto a stepping stone at the stream’s edge.
The reverse shows sandy dunes and sailing ships gliding by in the water beyond.
The foot of this tulipiere is oval-shaped and decorated with a lattice-work design in cobalt blue.
The overall effect is marvelous!
The tulipiere was made in the last quarter of the 19th century, circa 1880. It measures 10.5″ across x 9.5″ tall x 3.5″ deep.
Condition: Overall, the tulip holder is in excellent condition with a single small flake-shaped chip on the inside of the unglazed foot (see image #5)
Price $2,400
Five-finger tulipieres are a traditional Dutch Delft form that originated in the 17th century.
Background of Dutch Delft tulipieres:
A Delft tulipiere or tulip-holder is a vessel to grow or display tulips.
Typically they are constructed to accommodate one single flower per spout with a shared water reservoir.
During the 17th through 19th centuries, tulipieres were used in prosperous homes to display tulips. In addition, they were popular pieces of decorative art.

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Background of Delft

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 most beautiful Delft was produced in the Dutch city of Delft. The Delft potters began to coat their pots thoroughly 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 circa 1650, the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.


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