This pair of large blue and white Dutch delft mantel jars were made by “The Axe” in the first quarter of the 19th century.
An image of a vase overflowing with flowers decorates the front of each of the jars. Similar flowers decorate the shoulders and covers. The covers have traditional Dutch delft flame finials. The overall effect is beautiful. The shape of these covered jars is tall but not deep which makes them perfect for a fireplace mantel, a shelf, or a pair of brackets.
The bottom of each of the jars has the mark of “The Axe” in underglaze cobalt blue.
15″ tall x 6.5″ wide x 4.75″ deep
Excellent. Small edge chips invisibly restored.
By the mid-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 mid-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.
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