A pair of 18th-century blue and white Delft covered mantle vases hand-painted in shades of cobalt blue.
The romantic chinoiserie design shows a young lady picking flowers in a garden. Around her, we see the garden fence, oversized flowers, and traditional Taihu rocks. The shoulders of the vases are painted in deepest cobalt blue and decorated with scrolling vines and flowers. A classic Delft flame finial tops each jar.
Because they are only 5″ deep, they will fit perfectly on a mantle, bracket, or shelf.
The vases have marks for De Grieksche A factory, which was one of the finest of the Delft factories.
H 14.25 in. x W 6.25 in. x D 5 in.
Excellent. Small edge chips invisibly restored.
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, under religious pressure, many of these protestant artisans were forced to leave Antwerp. 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 delft brewers ceased production, their large abandoned buildings on the canals were quickly occupied by the pottery makers who could utilize the vast spaces and the convenient water source for the transportation of their raw materials and finished wares.
In the mid-17th century, a war in China interrupted the production of Chinese blue and white porcelain to Europe. 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.