This exquisite pair of blue and white Dutch delft chargers is hand painted in a deep cobalt blue. The chargers were made by De Witte Starre (The White Star) manufactory in the 18th century, circa 1780. In the center of each charger is a circle showing a garden overflowing with flowers. Around the center are two concentric rings of panels filled with flowers. This blue and white design is beautiful. The bottom of each of the chargers has the underglaze blue mark of the De Whitte Starre factory. One dish also shows one of the traditional 18th-century stilt marks on the back of the charger.
H 2 in. x Dm 13.25 in.
Excellent. Tiny edge frits invisibly restored.
Background of delft
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 coincided with the decline of the beer brewing industry in the town of delft . As the brewers of delft ceased production, their large abandoned buildings on the canals were quickly occupied by pottery makers. The pottery makers could utilize the vast 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 porcelain to Europe. The potters in delft were able to fill the void in the market, and they began producing earthenware 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.