A massive blue and white Dutch Delft garniture set of 5 vases with lovely, well painted, romantic scenes showing young couples outdoors. On each vase we see a couple courting or dancing. One couple is picking apples. They stop to flirt. On another vase a young man holding a rake offers a young lady a bouquet of flowers. Three vases show three different couples happily dancing. Along the shoulders and the base of each vase is decoration with cross hatched diamonds. The three covered vases have traditional bird and ball finials. On the reverse side of each vase is a single large artemisia leaf (a traditional wish for the health of the owner).
H 26 in. x W 11.5 in. x D 7.5 in.
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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