Blue and White Dutch Delft Five Piece Garniture Hand Painted 18th Century C-1760


This exquisite Delft five-piece garniture from mid-18th century Holland, circa 1760, is a masterpiece. The hand-painted panels on the front and back of each jar are decorated with a tranquil scene showing a deer and butterfly in a clearing, set against a backdrop of charming pagodas. In addition, the two side panels on each jar feature a large peony and a delightful songbird perched on a garden fence, adding natural beauty and elegance to the set.
The canted corners of each piece in the garniture are beautifully decorated with small cartouches depicting serene water scenes. The upper band of decoration showcases intricate floral designs and shell shapes.
Condition: Despite its age, the garniture is in very good condition, with only a few small chips that have been expertly and invisibly restored.      Dimensions: the pair of covered trumpet shapes and three covered jars are perfectly proportioned, measuring 14.5″ tall x 6″ wide x 5.5″ deep and 13.85″ tall x 5.25″ wide x 5.25″ deep, respectively.

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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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