We are proud to offer this beautiful Dutch Delft blue and white charger made in the early 18th century, circa 1700-1730.
Its chinoiserie decoration is a finely painted imitation of Chinese Kraak porcelains made in the second half of the 17th century. The close imitation of Chinese porcelains began in Holland in the mid-17th century as imports from China dwindled during a Chinese civil war. Delft potters rushed to fill an opportunity in the Dutch marketplace. For reference: See the Hans Syz collection at the Metropolitan Museum item 1995.268.3. Comparing the Chinese porcelain dish in the Hans Syz collection with our Dutch Delft dish we see that the two blue and white pieces are entirely similar. In both pieces the center shows similar ducks at the water’s edge, and both scenes are encircled by an eight sided border with Chinese symbols of good fortune.