Pair Large Blue and White Delft Jars Made Netherlands 18th Century Circa 1780


A pair of blue and white Dutch Delft covered vases octagonal and fluted with a deep cobalt blue all-over design of flowers and scrolling vines.
The shoulder and base are decorated with acanthus leaves.
Traditional lion finials top the covers.

Dimensions: 16.75″ tall x 8.5″ across the widest point x 5″ across the base.

Condition: Excellent with small edge chips invisibly restored

In stock

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.

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