Pair of Blue and White Delft Jars, Late 19th Century


A pair of large blue and white Delft jars made in the Netherlands in the late 19th century.
Painted in cobalt blue, the chinoiserie scene is exquisite. We see a garden filled with flowers and a pair of songbirds, one flying to meet the other on a rocky outcropping. This romantic scene is a delight.
The main body of each jar rises from a round base. The shoulders are decorated with lambrequins, and the neck is decorated with flowers and geometric designs. The cover’s design matches the garden scene of the body. The blue knop is a traditional Delft rounded shape. The top of each vase where the cover sits is unglazed.

Dimensions: 19″ tall x 8.5″ at the widest point

Condition: Excellent

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History of Delft

The technique of making Delft was first described in Gerrit Paape in “The 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 completely in a white tin glaze. They then began to cover 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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