Dutch Delft Hand Painted Plate Late 18th Century Circa 1780


The center of this hand painted Dutch Delft plate shows a lovely garden with a pine tree and a large peony.
The scene continues onto the border, where we see three butterflies and more peonies.
The border is decorated with a band of iron red cross-hatching interspersed with green dashes.
The polychrome colors of the decoration are yellow, blue, iron red, green, and purple.
These colors were used on antique Delft because they could withstand the kiln heat required to fire Delft.

Dimensions: 9″ diameter

Condition: Very good overall, with faint lines in the glaze

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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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