Pair of Hand-Painted Antique Blue and White Delft Vases



A beautiful pair of Dutch Delft blue and white vases hand-painted in a medium cobalt blue with an all around scene in the “Thousand Flowers” style of the 18th century. Each vase shows a songbird In the midst of flowers, leaves, and scrolling vines. The quality of the glaze is exceptional. The design is lively and the painting is and well done. The softly rounded octagonal shape of the vases is traditional to Dutch Delft.

Place these vases in a room with other colors and something magical happens all the colors in the room come out more sharply. By putting the right items together each enhances the other. Blue and white in particular works in any setting, in a formal dining or living room with yellow in a kitchen, and certainly with other blue and white pieces.


H 14.75 in. x W 7 in. at the widest point


Excellent. Small edge chips invisibly restored.




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 blue and white pottery was produced in the Dutch city of Delft. The Delft potters began to coat their pots completely in white tin glaze. They then 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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