18th Century Dutch Delft Blue and White Tulip Vase ‘Tulipiere’


An 18th century Dutch Delft blue and white five finger tulip vase made by De Metalen Pot, circa 1750. The vase is painted with birds among peonies and rockwork. The five openings at the top are decorated with leaves and scrolling vines. The handles are in the form of panthers climbing up each side of the vase. The description does not do justice to this wonderful Delft vase. It must be seen with tulips!


7.5 inches across x 8.25 inches tall


Excellent with small edge chips invisibly restored.



History of Delft Tulipieres

A Delft tulipiere vase or tulip-holder is a vessel in which to display tulips. They are typically constructed to accommodate one single flower per spout with a common water reservoir base. During the 17th and 18th centuries tulipieres were used in aristocratic homes to grow tulip bulbs or flowers. They were popular pieces of decorative art.

Background of Delft

The technique of making delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “The delft Pottery Maker” written in 1794. Dedicated to Lambertus Sanderus, the owner of De Porceleyne Claeuw (The Porcelain Claw). Delft faience began in the 17th century.

Much of the finest delft was produced in the Dutch city of delft. The delft potters began to coat their pots completely in white tin glaze. Later they began to cover the white tin-glaze with clear glaze, which gave 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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