Large Dutch Delft Mantle Jar Colorful 19th Century Made, Circa 1880


This Dutch Delft polychrome covered jar is painted in the exquisite cashmere palette of iron red, moss green, and cobalt blue, with accents of bright yellow. The painted scene shows long-tailed songbirds in a lush garden filled with beautiful flowers. The shoulders and cover of the vase have matching lappets. The form of the jar is hexagonal, and the surface is fluted. The fluting increases the beauty of the jar as the light plays over the curves. The finial is an eye-catching, traditional spotted lion. The overall effect is beautiful.

Dimensions: 14″ tall x 6.75″ across widest point x 4″ across base

Condition: Excellent

Out of stock

Background of Delft

The technique of making Delft was first described by Gerrit Paape in “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 thoroughly in a white tin glaze. They then began to cover the white tin glaze with a clear glaze, giving the fired surface depth. 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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