Four Blue and White Delft Chargers Hand Painted Netherlands 18th Century Ca-1780


The deep cobalt blue is fabulous!
Provenance: The Philadelphia Museum of Art collection has an identical Delft charger. For an image of this identical plate and a discussion of its origins, see E B Schaap’s “Delft Ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art” pages 74 and 75.
This set of four Dutch Delft chargers in the “Theeboom” pattern shows a tea plant with a fan-shaped bouquet of leaves and flowers. This is one of the most exquisite hand-painted designs made on Delft chargers in the 18th century.
The pattern is lush and full of color. The deep cobalt blue decoration fills the charger.
On the border are medallions and scroll designs.
The white edges are delicately scalloped, which adds another beautiful dimension to each charger.
The chargers have the mark of De Porceleyne Claeuw “The Claw.”

Dimensions: 13.5″-14.25″ in diameter

Condition: Excellent with very small edge frits invisibly restored.

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Background of Dutch 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 began to cover 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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