Pair Blue and White Delft Chargers Hand Painted with Birds Circa 1780


This pair of Dutch Delft blue and white chargers were hand-painted in the last quarter of the 18th century, circa 1780.
They feature beautiful long-tailed songbirds resting on a branch among flowers and rockwork.
The garden is filled with exquisite peonies and chrysanthemums.
The artist has captured the essence of a garden so perfectly that you feel it could come to life.
The borders have five panels, each with a peony and a chrysanthemum.
The deep blue pie crust edge adds a lovely touch to both chargers.

Dimensions: 13.75″ diameter

Condition: Excellent with small edge frits invisibly restored

In stock

Background of Delft

By the middle of the 15th century, potters from southern Europe migrated through France to the Netherlands, and the earthenware industry became well established in Antwerp.
In the second half of the 16th century, many protestant artisans were forced to leave Antwerp under religious pressure. As a result, most moved to the northern Netherlands.
The rise of the potting industry in the northern Netherlands coincided with the decline of the beer brewing industry in the town of Delft. As the brewers of Delft ceased production, their large abandoned buildings on the canals were quickly occupied by pottery makers. The pottery makers could utilize the vast spaces and the convenient water source to transport their raw materials and finished wares.
In the middle of the 17th century, a war in China interrupted the production of Chinese blue and white porcelain to Europe. However, the potters in Delft were able to fill the void in the market, and they began producing earthenware in the style of Chinese porcelain, which they successfully marketed as “porcelain.”
Within the next century and a half, the Delft pottery makers became increasingly successful, and their range of styles broadened to include European subjects and other original styles.
At the height of production, the city of Delft counted almost 40 factories. So successful were the Delft factories that many factories across Europe and especially in England across the channel began to produce delftware.

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