Pair Large Dutch Delft Vases Hand-Painted Circa 1800 Made by “The Claw”
Why we love it; The painting is delicious!
This pair of antique Dutch Delft polychrome vases are hand-painted circa 1800 in the exquisite Cashmere palette of intense greens, blues, and oranges. Made in the factory of “The Claw” circa 1800, the vases show an all-around scene with long-tailed birds in a flower-filled garden. The Cashmere palette with these colors first appeared in Delft potteries between 1700 and 1720. The color combination was inspired by the arrival in Europe in the late 17th century of Chinese Famille Verte porcelain.
Both vases have the “The Claw” mark in underglaze blue on the underside.
Dimensions: 20.5″ tall x 8″ diameter at the widest point
Background of Delft:
The technique of making Delft was first described 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. 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 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.