Pair of Blue and White Delft Jars, 18th Century



A pair of octagonal Dutch delft jars and lids painted in a beautiful shade of cobalt blue. Made in the 18th century, circa 1770, the jars have hand-painted panels with delicate chinoiserie decoration. The lids are topped by traditional lotus bud finials.

We feel these are particularly appealing because the shape is somewhat different from the usual and the painting is especially delicate and attractive. For Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries China was a distant and exotic land, a place of fantasy. Chinoiserie design was an expression of the discovery of another world, a world removed from everyday reality. From the early 1700s through the middle of the 19th century chinoiserie was a Popular Style.


H 14.5 in. x W 6.5 in. at the widest point


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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