Large Blue and White Dutch Delft Jar


The first thing you notice is the magnificent spiral snake handles. The large blue and white Dutch Delft covered jar is fully decorated. The elaborate decoration on the front features a lovely waterside scene topped with an armorial shield supported by angels. On the reverse, we see a beautiful romantic scene showing a courting couple with the man playing the guitar and the young lady listening appreciatively (see images). The vase’s base, shoulder, and cover are decorated with wide bands of deep cobalt blue lappets.

Dimensions: 21 inches tall x 16 inches across the handles x 8 inches diameter of the base

Condition: Very good; (there is invisible restoration to small edge chips and some craquelure in the glaze.

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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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