This pair of blue and white Dutch Delft vases was hand-painted in deep cobalt blue. The exquisite blue decoration features large panels with flowers on a blue ground on the front and back. These panels are part of an overall floral design that decorates each vase. The design is lively, and the painting is beautifully done. In the midst of the flowers, leaves, and scrolling vines, on the side of each vase is a small panel with a figure in a boat on the water.
The softly rounded octagonal shape of the vases is traditional to Dutch Delft. The quality of the glaze is exceptional.
Dimensions: 16″ tall x 7″ at the widest point x 5.5″ across the octagonal base
Background of Dutch Delft:
Delft’s technique was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “The 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. The Delft potters began to coat their pots completely in a white tin glaze. They then covered 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 potters’ and painters’ technical skills improved, and Delft began its golden age.