Five Blue and White Delft Plates Hand Painted Netherlands Circa 1800


These five blue and white Delft plates were hand painted in the Netherlands circa 1800. The lovely plate in the center shows a deer resting in the forest. The two pairs of plates around it show beautiful garden scenes with a traditional Dutch Delft view of a garden in full bloom. We see flowers, ferns, vines, and a large peony. One pair also shows a garden fence and, floating above it, a vase with flowers. The artists used cobalt blue in various shades to enhance the beauty of the designs. Each of the borders is adorned with a band of floral decoration that adds an elegant touch to the overall design. The edges are painted with traditional ochre-colored slip.

Dimensions: 9″ diameter

Condition: Excellent with slight edge frits invisibly restored

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Background of Delft: The technique of making Delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “The Delft Pottery Maker,” written in 1794 and dedicated to Lambertus Sanderus, the owner of De Porceleyne Claeuw (The Porcelain Claw). Delft faience began in the 17th century. Much of the most beautiful Delft was produced in the Dutch city of Delft. The Delft potters began to coat their pots thoroughly in a white tin glaze. They then covered the white tin glaze with a clear glaze, giving 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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