Delft Punch Bowl Hand-Painted, Netherlands, 18th Century, Circa 1780


This 18th-century Dutch Delft punch bowl is hand-painted in beautiful polychrome colors of orange, green, and cobalt blue. Dozens of individual green-leaved orange tulips seem to rise from the base of the bowl. The effect is beautiful. Panels of orange “diamonds” and smaller solid green panels create a wide border around the top of the bowl. The inside rim of the bowl is decorated with scrolling vines painted in orange and blue. In the well of the bowl, we see one beautiful large tulip.

Dimensions: 13″ diameter x 6″ tall

Condition: Excellent with small frits along the bottom edge and small frits invisibly restored along the top edge (see images).

The bowl is marked on the underside with “D M” in blue monochrome. This mark is noted in Marks and Monograms on Pottery and Porcelain by William Chaffers on pg 276 as the mark of an unknown Dutch Delft factory.

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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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