We are pleased to offer this beautiful pair of large fully painted 18th century Dutch Delft blue and white chargers. In the center we see a vibrant, hand-painted garden scene with a variety of flowers and ferns shooting upwards from one single plant. The artist has used his skill to create an imaginary garden. The wide border is painted with ten panels each showing a single flower. The edge of each charger is scalloped these two elements; the paneled border and the scalloped edge, work together to give the charger a feeling of movement around the center.
The back of both chargers have the mark of De Porceleyn Bijl (The Porcelain Axe) made in underglaze cobalt blue.
Why we love it: The scene is beautiful and slightly mysterious
$3,300 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 factories which could utilize the large spaces and the canals 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 tin-glazed earthenwares in the style of Chinese 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 over 30 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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