Pair Massive Delft Jars Hand Painted in Polychrome Decoration Netherlands C-1880


Massive jars like these were luxury items made to be displayed in the most important showplace in the home.
The jars have Dutch Delft polychrome decoration and a traditional octagonal shape with a ribbed surface. The ribbing adds life to the design as light plays over the ribbed surface. We see panels showing a basket overflowing with flowers as well as flowers rising waterside. The scenes are hand-painted in a polychrome Delft palette of rich colors: green, blue, purple, iron-red, and yellow. The colors are exquisite! The creamy white background gives airiness to the composition and makes the colors stand out. The shoulder of each jar is decorated with cross-hatched “diamonds” and more floral decoration. The covers are topped by a beautiful pair of traditional lion finials.
This pair of Delft polychrome jars were made circa 1880 using colors and techniques that first appeared in Delft pottery as early as the late sixteenth century.

Dimensions: 28.5″ tall x 13.5″ at the widest point

Condition: Excellent

In stock

Background of Delft

To make polychrome Delft the item had to be fired at least twice depending on which colors were applied. The blue decoration would have been fired first in the initial firing. Then the item would have been fired at lower temperatures in a second and often third firing so that the green, yellow, red, and purple would not burn.


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