Blue and White Delft Vase Hand Painted 18th Century


This blue and white Delft jar was made in the Netherlands in the early 18th century, circa 1730.
The jar is covered in a gorgeous light blue glaze traditional to much early 18th century Dutch Delft.
The style of painting is derived from Kangxi-era (1661 to 1722) Chinese wares with decorative floral patterns, especially a vase shown on a garden terrace overflowing with flowers.
The shape and decoration are traditional Dutch Delft; the base, the neck with its flower bulb shape, and the everted top have traditional stiff leaf decoration.
The overall effect is dramatic and beautiful!
Dimensions: 12.75″ tall x 5.25″ diameter x 4.5″ across the octagonal base
Condition: Excellent with small edge frits invisibly restored

Background of Dutch 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 began to cover 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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