Large Antique Blue and White Delft Covered Vases



An elegant pair of very large antique Delft blue vases and covers painted with beautiful garden scenes. The scenes show songbirds and butterflies in flower filled gardens. A wide Rococo border with cross-hatch diamonds and floral motifs surrounds the garden scene. The covers are similarly decorated and topped by traditional “bird and ball” finials. The back of each vase is decorated with an artemesia leaf, an ancient Chinese symbol for wishes of good health to the owner of the vases.


H 22.5 in. x W 8.5 in. x D 7.5 in.




$4,800 for the pair


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 about 1650 the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.

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