Pair Blue and White Delft Tobacco Jars Delft Netherlands 18th Century Circa 1770


This outstanding pair of Dutch Delft blue and white tobacco jars were made circa 1770 to hold a type of tobacco named “DÜÎNKERKER.”
Made in the city of Delft circa 1770, the cobalt blue decoration on the jars is outstanding.
Framing the title of the jar is a lovely floral decoration of leaves, small flowers, and scrolling vines.
At the top of the floral decoration, we see a vase bursting with leaves and flowers.
The covers are 20th century.

Dimensions: 8.75″ tall (11″with covers) x 7.25″ diameter at widest point

Condition: Excellent


One of the pair has the mark of The Blompot on the underside. The Blompot factory operated from 1654 until 1841.
In addition, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has an almost identical tobacco jar made by a competing contemporary Dutch Delft factory. The museum notes the name on the jar, “DÜÎNKERKER,” refers to a type of tobacco that was more commonly known as DÜÎNKERKEN, spelled with an “N” at the end. Duinkerken is a type of chewing tobacco.
(For more details from the Philadelphia Museum of Art listing, see ** below)

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Background of Dutch 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 began to cover 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.

Background of 18th Century Tobacco Use in The Netherlands

Tobacco use in 18th century Holland was widespread and socially acceptable. It was commonly consumed through smoking in pipes. Pipe smoking became popular among all social classes, from the working class to the wealthy elite.
Tobacco was not only enjoyed for its recreational purposes but also had a role in social rituals and gatherings. It was often smoked during social events, in coffeehouses, taverns, and at private gatherings.

**The Philadelphia Museum of Art
“Tobacco Jar and Cover
Made by De Porceleyne Schotel (The Porcelain Dish), Delft, Netherlands (1598–1791) Under Johannes van Duijn (Dutch, active 1764–1772)
Date: 1764-1772
Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware; brass cover
Dimensions: 11 5/8 × 7 11/16 inches (29.5 × 19.5 cm)
Classification: Containers
Credit Line: Bequest of Warner J. Steel, 1937
Accession Number: 1937-9-30ba, bb
Geography: Made in Delft, Netherlands, Europe”

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