Antique Blue and White Delft Gourd Shaped Vases



A pair of 18th century blue and white Dutch Delft vases hand-painted in cobalt blue showing a beautiful scene with a peacock standing on a rocky outcropping, a butterfly, and an oversized peony. Surrounding the scene is a design of scrolling vines and flowers. The long neck of each vase is decorated with dark cobalt blue stripes. The octagonal base of the vase is decorated with a band of deep cobalt blue leaves.

The deep cobalt and elegant shape combined with the finely executed painting of the scene make these vases a must have for any admirer of Delft.


H 16.25 in. x W 7 in. at the widest point


Excellent (small chips 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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