Dutch Delft Peacock Charger Mid-18th Century Decorated in Polychrome Colors


This Dutch Delft charger is a wow visually!
It was hand-painted in bold polychrome colors in the factory of De Porceleyn Lampetkan in the mid-18th century, circa 1760.
The center shows a vase with flowers painted in red and yellow, and with them, green ferns spread out like a peacock’s feathers.
Since the 18th century, the pattern has been known as the “Peacock” pattern.
The wide border has yellow and cobalt blue floral forms separated by iron red scrolling vines.
The rim’s deep blue brings out the beauty of the other colors.
On the charger’s underside is the mark “LPKam” in overglaze iron red for the De Porceleyn Lampetkan factory.
This mark was in use in the factory from 1756 to 1778.

Dimensions: diameter 13.5 inches x 2″ tall

Condition: Excellent with small edge chips invisibly restored

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Background of Delft

By the mid-15th century, potters from southern Europe migrated through France to the Netherlands, and the earthenware industry became well established in Antwerp. In the second half of the 16th century, many protestant artisans were forced to leave Antwerp under religious pressure. Most moved to the northern Netherlands. The rise of the potting industry in the northern Netherlands coincided with the decline of the beer brewing industry in the town of Delft. As the brewers of Delft ceased production, their large abandoned buildings on the canals were quickly occupied by pottery makers. The pottery makers could utilize the vast spaces and the convenient water source to transport their raw materials and finished wares. In the mid-17th century, a war in China interrupted Chinese blue and white porcelain production to Europe. The potters in Delft were able to fill the void in the market, and they began producing earthenware in the style of Chinese porcelain, which they successfully marketed as “porcelain.” Within the next century and a half, the Delft pottery-makers became increasingly successful, and their range of styles broadened to include European subjects and other original styles. At the height of production, the city of Delft counted almost 40 factories.

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