Dutch Delft Pancake Plate Lightning Pattern by De Paeuw ‘The Peacock’ Circa 1730
This extraordinary Dutch Delft pancake plate was made in the early 18th century. Beautifully hand-painted, it features bold zigzag lighting bolts, Bliksemborden, which seem to flash across the plate. Between the lightning bolts, we see clouds painted yellow with red decorations and flowering plants painted blue, green, yellow, and orange. This is one of the very best Dutch polychrome designs. Made by the De Paeuw (The Peacock) factory circa 1730, the decoration on this plate was inspired by Japanese Imari porcelains.
For an image and more information on this plate, see Delft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art by B Schaap pg. 52.
Dimensions: 9″ in diameter x 1″ tall
Condition: Excellent with tiny edge frits invisibly restored
Background of Dutch Pancake Plates
Dutch pancake plates (pannekoeken bordje) are gradually curved so that one can slide in a pancake. They are traditionally painted with decoration from rim to rim and were made with no footrim.
Background of the De Paeuw factory
The De Paeuw factory was a Dutch Delft pottery factory begun in 1651. The factory was located in the Dutch city of Delft, close to the main canal. It continued producing Delft into the last quarter of the 18th century in 1779.
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