Pair Blue and White Delft Plates 18th Century, Made circa 1750


Why we love it: On one of those crazy days looking at this brings serenity. A pair of antique blue and white delft plates painted in a medium cobalt blue. These English delftware dishes were made in the mid-18th century, most probably in Lambeth, London.

The dishes show a garden scene with a butterfly hovering over a large peony. The painting of the scene is exceptional. The artist has a lively style of painting with free brushwork. He achieved a beautiful effect by the use of hatching with short horizontal and vertical brushstrokes using straight lines to fill in the outlines of the scenery. One exceptional image is the tree on the left side of the plate. At the bottom of the dish, we see the gnarled branch of the lower part of the tree. The middle part of the tree disappears off the left side of the plate, only to return at the top of the dish with branches dramatically hanging over the scene.

Dimensions: Diameter 8.75″.                           Condition: Excellent                                      Price: $1060 for the pair

The difficulty of accurate attribution in 18th-century English delft arises from several considerations: the use of only a few sources for clay, the very few pigments available for coloring the wares, and the movement of a relatively small group of workers between the various factories.

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Background of Delft

The technique of making Delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “Delft Pottery Maker,” written in 1794. Dedicated to Lambertus Sanderus, the owner of De Porceleyne Claeuw (The Porcelain Claw). Delft faience began in the 17th century. Much of the finest Delft was produced in the Dutch city of Delft. First, 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 the fired surface depth. Over time they created a good resemblance to porcelain. By about 1650, the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.

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