The high quality, freehand painting style and pastel blue palette on this baluster form London Delft vase became the trademark of English Delftware. The vase can be dated to England in the late 17th century (circa 1685). At that time English potters looked to their Dutch counterparts for inspiration and emulated their popular designs, but the English used a much lighter shade of blue cobalt pigment and a milky white glaze.
A similar example can be found in the famous Longridge Collection acquired from Jonathan Horne in his 1999 exhibition.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This 17th-century Delft blue vase is well painted in pastel blue, and decorated with birds, butterflies, and wonderful flowers.
9.75″ tall x 7.5″ diameter
Excellent. Small edge frits invisibly restored.
Longridge Collection, Volume 2 reference D365 by Leslie B. Grigsby
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