Delft Polychrome Charger Hand Painted 18th Century Netherlands Circa 1780


This 18th century Dutch Delft charger features a vibrant array of polychrome colors; yellow, green, blue manganese, and iron red.
The intensity of the colors is exquisite. The colors pop!
We see a beautiful songbird settled on a flowering tree branch.
The twisting branch is painted in manganese and works beautifully with the yellow, red, and green “flowers and leaves of the tree.
Three butterflies hover nearby.
The hand painted scene showcases the excellent craftsmanship of the 18th-century potteries in the city of Delft.
The border has six panels, each with a floral design. These are separated by smaller panels with iron red “diamonds.”
The overall effect is harmonious and lovely!

Dimensions: 12″ diameter

Condition: Excellent with small edge frits invisibly restored

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Background of Delft

The origins of Delft are found in the Middle East. Tin ash was used in a glaze for pottery as early as the 9th century in Mesopotamia. Using white glaze over a dark or buff-colored pottery body created a “canvas” on which painters could show brilliant colors that did not appear well on the earlier pottery’s darker bodies.

Background of Polychrome Delft

Beginning in the last quarter of the 16th century, Italian artisans introduced tin-glazed pottery painted in polychrome colors into the Netherlands. The defining characteristics of this pottery are a paste that is cream to light buff-colored and decoration that includes geometric, floral, figural, and Chinese motifs painted in iron-red (orange), blue, green, and yellow.


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