Antique Blue and White Delft Charger



A beautiful Dutch Delft blue charger hand-painted in shades of cobalt showing a fully painted scene which features a pair of ducks standing at the water’s edge. All around them are giant flowers and ferns, a single duck flies overhead. The range and intensity of the cobalt blues is what makes this charger so exquisite. Made in the 18th century, circa 1780, the charger has a traditional border with panels each showing a single flower or fruit.


H 1.75 in. x Dm 13.75 in.


Excellent. Small edge frits 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 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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