Pair Blue and White Delft Jars Hand Painted 18th Century Netherlands, Circa 1780


This pair of 18th-century Delft jars has a lovely distinctive style taken from nature. The cobalt blue designs are hand-painted. We see a young woman seated in a garden. Budding peonies and a songbird surround her, and a majestic stag evokes a sense of wonder and enchantment as if you were peering into a fairy tale. The lovely flower-form skirts on the tops add sophistication and elegance to the overall appearance of the jars. The lobed shape of the jars adds life to the decoration as light plays over the curving surface. Everything works together to create a beautiful effect. The underglaze blue “in the factory” mark “10” and the paper label for the Thomazeau Collection provide authenticity and provenance.

Dimensions: 14.5″ tall x 7.25″ diameter at the widest point x 5″ diameter at the base

Condition: Excellent with small edge chips invisibly restored

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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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