A Dutch Delft tulipiere (tulip vase) made by De Dobbelde Schenkan in the eighteenth century circa 1760. The tulipiere is decorated on both sides with a pair of songbirds perched on a branch among flowers and rockwork. The handles are extraordinarily molded in the form of panthers. Each of the five fingers of the tulipiere is painted with a scrolling vine decoration. The vase has a knopped ankle and a rectangular foot. The bottom of the vase shows the factory mark “LF over 4”. The De Dobbelde Schenkan factory operated from 1661-1777.
7.25 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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