A pair of large delft vases painted in dark cobalt blue with an all around design of peacocks, songbirds singing to the peacocks, and a large peony in a flower filled garden. The shoulder and top of each vase is decorated with scrolling vines. Along the bottom we see banana leaves and scrolling vines in lambrequins.
These vases are particularly beautiful. The bottom of each vase with the mark of “The Metal Pot.”
H 12.5 in. x Dm 5.25 in.
Excellent. Edge chips invisibly restored.
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 circa 1650 the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.
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