Pair Delft Cows 18th Century Made De Porceleyne Lampetkan Netherlands Circa 1785


This beautiful pair of cows was made around 1785 in the city of Delft.
Since the late seventeenth century, Dutch Delft cows have adorned mantelpieces, furniture, and window sills. They were always produced in pairs, with their heads turned towards each other and their tongues lapping.
This pair of cows are hand-painted with lavish floral garlands draped around their necks and backs. The garlands are painted in polychrome colors: yellow, orange, blue, green, and purple. Their hooves are painted purple, their horns yellow. Their tails wrap around their bodies. They stand on rectangular “grassy” bases. Both cows are marked on the underside with LPK in underglaze iron-red.

Dimensions: 6.5″ long x 3″ wide x 6″ tall

Condition: Some excellent invisible restoration

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Background of Delft Cows

In the seventeenth century, the butchers guild held an annual parade with prize-winning cows and bulls lavishly adorned with flowers, floral wreaths, and gilded horns. The potters of Delft began to make cows painted with floral wreaths just like those seen in the parade. Between 1740 and 1790, Delft cows were produced by many of the factories in Delft.

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.

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