Large Blue and White Dutch Delft Mantle Jar Made at ‘T Fortuyn’ in 18th Century


This gorgeous blue and white Dutch Delft mantle jar was hand-painted at ‘T Fortuyn’ (The Fortune)* circa 1780. The front panel features a garden scene hand-painted in deep cobalt blue, showing rockwork, a willow tree, a single large and beautiful flower, and a flower-filled vase on the garden terrace. This lovely scene is framed by a raised deep blue border of scrolling vines. The jar has a traditional lion-dog finial. This lion-dog is exceptionally charming, with big eyes and what seems to be a smile. The jar was made to go on a mantle or bracket. So, while it is 16.5″ tall, it is only 6″ deep at the deepest point.

Dimensions: 16.5″ tall x 6″ deep at the deepest point x 7″ wide at the widest point and 5″ deep at the base

Condition Excellent with small edge chips invisibly restored

The jar is marked on the underside “PVB” for Pieter Van Den Briel at ‘T Fortuyn.

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*The ‘T Fortuyn’ factory ran from 1661 to 1791. In 1791 the premises were converted into a distillery.

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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