A small blue and white Dutch Delft plate decorated in shades of cobalt blue showing a traveler dressed in Chinese monastic robes with a walking stick, made circa 1770.
The wide border on this Dutch Delft plate is decorated with scrolling leaves and flowers. The bottom of the dish is decorated with blue dashes. Also on the bottom of the dish we can see the marks from when the dish was made. These marks show where the dish was cut from the tripod which held it in the kiln (on the bottom there is also a single visible glaze chip).
Dm 7 in. x H 1.25 in.
Excellent with a small glaze chip on the back.
Delft pottery evolved from the coarse lead glazed pottery which was used in the Netherlands in the Middle Ages. Towards the end of the 16th century a new type of colorful tin glazed pottery was introduced by potters from what is today Belgium who emigrated north to the Netherlands to escape worst fighting of the eighty year war between Spain and what is today Belgium. By about 1650 the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.
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).
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