Pair Blue and White Delft Mantle Vases Hand-Painted, Netherlands, Circa 1770


This pair of blue and white Delft mantle vases was hand-painted in shades of cobalt blue in the 18th-century circa 1780. The lovely romantic scene on the front of our vases shows a pair of lovers in a garden (see images). The couple stands in the shade of a large tree painted in deepest cobalt blue. Behind them, we see a river and beyond that the roofs and church steeples of a town. On the reverse, the vases show a typical Dutch home and a church steeple in the background. The shoulders of each vase are also painted in the deepest cobalt blue. It is rare for a mantle vase to be painted with scenes on both sides. However, this pair has just that! Most of the Delft mantle vases were painted with a scene on the front and on the back a single blue vine with flowers on the unpainted body. A traditional Delft bird and ball finial caps each cover. Because they are only 4″ deep, they will fit perfectly on a mantle, bracket, or shelf.

Dimensions: 12″ tall x 4″ deep x 5 wide, the base is 3.5″ wide x 3″ deep

Condition: Excellent with small edge chips invisibly restored

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Background of Dutch Delft

By the mid-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 Delft. As the Delft brewers ceased production, the pottery makers quickly occupied their large abandoned buildings on the canals, utilizing the vast spaces and the convenient water source to transport their raw materials and finished wares. In the mid-17th century, a war in China interrupted Chinese blue and white porcelain production to Europe. However, the potters in Delft were able to fill the void in the market. 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.


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