We are proud to offer this pair of large and particularly decorative delft chargers hand painted in cobalt blue and white.
The design is distinctive in its decoration which features a chinoiserie scene covering the entire dish. This borderless feature is quite rare on delft chargers.
Marked on the back of the charger in underglaze blue is “GK” over “4” which is the mark for Gerrit Pietersz Kam of Drie Postelyne Astonne (The three porcelain ash-barrels) factory.
Excellent with small edge frits invisibly restored.
$3,600 for the pair
By the middle of the 15th century potters from southern Europe migrated through France to the Netherlands, and the earthenware industry became well established in Antwerp. In the second half of the 16th century, under religious pressure, many of these Protestant artisans were forced to leave Antwerp. Most moved to the northern Netherlands.
The rise of the potting industry in the northern Netherlands occurred simultaneously with the decline of the beer brewing industry in the town of delft. As the delft brewers ceased production, their large abandoned buildings on the canals were quickly occupied by the pottery makers who could utilize the large spaces and the convenient water source for the transportation of their raw materials and finished wares.
In the middle of the 17th century a war in China interrupted the production of Chinese blue and white porcelains to Europe. The potters in delft were able to fill the void in the market and they began producing earthenware’s in the style of Chinese porcelain, which they successfully marketed as “porcelain.”
Within the next century and a half, the delft pottery-makers became increasingly successful and their range of styles broadened to include European subjects and other original styles. At the height of production the city of delft counted almost 40 factories. So successful were the delft factories that many factories across Europe and especially in England across the channel began to produce delftware.
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