Pair Dutch Delft Jars Hand-Painted in Traditional Polychrome Colors


Looking at these jars, we see a lush garden with peacocks and stylized flowers in full bloom. There are five large peacocks! This pair of Dutch Delft jars is hand-painted in the traditional Delft polychrome colors of iron-red, manganese, moss green, and cobalt blue, with accents of bright yellow. This beautiful color combination was inspired by the arrival in Europe in the late 17th century of Chinese Famille Verte porcelain. The jars’ ribbed bodies sit on traditional octagonal bases. The ribbing adds life to the decoration as light plays over the curving surfaces. A proud lion finial surmounts each cover. The jars date to the late 19th century or early 20th century.

Dimensions: 15″ tall x 7″ wide x 4.25″across the base.          Condition: Excellent

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Background of Delft

The technique of making Delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “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. First, 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 the fired surface depth. Over time they created a good resemblance to porcelain. By about 1650, the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.

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