Pair Blue and White Dutch Delft Mantle Jars Hand Painted 18th Century Circa 1780


This lovely pair of blue and white Delft mantle jars were hand painted in the Netherlands circa 1780.
We see a chinoiserie scene with a pair of houses waterside in the foreground and a pagoda on the far shore.
The garden scene is framed in a blue rococo outline.
The covers have traditional Dutch Delft flame finials, which add height and elegance to the jars.

Dimensions: 15″ tall x 6″ wide x 5.5″ deep at shoulders x 3.5″ deep at the base (perfect dimensions for a mantle).

Condition: Excellent, with small edge chips invisibly restored.

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Background of 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 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 technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.

Background of Boch Frères Keramis

Belgium was part of The Netherlands until 1831, and many of the early workers at Boch Frères Keramis were hired away from Dutch Delft factories. Begun in 1844, Boch Frères Keramis won a gold medal at the exhibition of the Belgian industry in 1847.

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