Large Antique Blue and White Delft Punch Bowl


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A large antique blue and white Dutch delft punch bowl made in the 18th century, circa 1780. This charming bowl is painted in a soft cobalt blue, decorated on the outside with a wide band of delicate flowers and vines. Along the top and near the bottom of the bowl are bands of scrolling decoration. The bowl has steep sides raised from a short foot edged in yellow slip. The Dutch potters learned this shape from the Chinese bowls which the Dutch East India Company imported from China beginning in the early 17th century. The inside of the bowl is decorated in the well with buds and flowers , and along the upper edge with a band of naive stars and circles.


H 5.5 in. x Dm 11.5 in.


Good. The inside of the bowl has two faint lines each two inches long. The lines are quite faint (see image #2) showing the inside of the bowl and you will notice that the lines do not show in the image.




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 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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