Pair Blue and White Delft Plates Hand Painted England Circa 1760


This gorgeous pair of blue and white English Delft plates was made in Bristol, England, circa 1760.
The lovely floral decoration is hand painted in shades of cobalt blue on a light cobalt blue ground.
One flower on the vine stretches rim to rim from the border on one side into the well of the dish and then across the well and onto the border again.
This is an exquisite design well painted!


For a very similar English delftware plate, see English Delftware in the Bristol Collection, by Frank Briton, pg 191, plates 12.29 and 12.30, where Briton states that the origin of the dish was probably in one of the factories in Bristol, England circa 1760.

Dimensions: 9″ diameter

Condition: Excellent with small edge chips invisibly restored

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Background of English Delft

The art of making Delft began in England in the Mid-1500s. An English delftware jug has been found in East Malling, Kent, with a silver mount hallmarked 1550, which is presumed to be the earliest English delftware manufacture date. John Stow’s Survey of London (1598) records the arrival in 1567 of two Antwerp potters, Jasper Andries and Jacob Jansen, in Norwich, where they made “Gally Paving Tiles and vessels for Apothecaries and others…”
The production of Delft reached its high point in the mid-1700s. After that, creamware pottery began to replace Delft as the useful pottery of the English middle class.

See Caiger-Smith, Alan, Tin-glazed Pottery in Europe and the Islamic World: The Tradition of 1000 Years in Maiolica, Faience and Delftware, Faber and Faber, 1973, ISBN 0-571-09349-3.

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