Blue and White Dutch Delft Charger Hand Painted 18th Century Holland Circa 1760


This mid-18th-century Dutch Delft charger is handpainted in several shades of cobalt blue.
The viewer is drawn to the lovely scene in the center, which shows an elegant peacock in a flowery garden near water.
The wide rim has eight panels, each with a single chrysanthemum or artemisia leaf.
This traditional design was inspired by the Chinese blue and white “Kraak” porcelain chargers that were very popular in late 17th and 18th century Holland.
In Chinese tradition, chrysanthemums symbolize long life and happiness, while an artemisia leaf symbolizes good health.
The border, with its positive connotations, conveys auspiciousness and optimism.
In summary, the alluring shades of cobalt blue, the captivating central scene of a peacock in a blossoming garden, and the chrysanthemums and artemisia leaves on the rim create a harmonious and visually striking composition.

Dimensions: 13.25″ diameter x 2″ tall

Condition: Excellent with small edge frits invisibly restored

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Background of Delft

The Delft industry in the Netherlands began in Antwerp in the 15th century.
Protestant artisans forced to leave Antwerp due to religious pressure migrated to the northern Netherlands in the 16th century and established the pottery industry primarily in Delft.
The pottery makers in Delft began producing tin glazed earthenware in Chinese porcelain style to fill the market void caused by a war in China. As a result, the Delft pottery industry became very successful and eventually had a range of styles, including European subjects and original styles. At its peak, the city of Delft had almost 40 factories making Delftware.

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