WHY WE LOVE IT: The intense cobalt blue
We are pleased to offer this pair of large Dutch delft blue and white chargers hand painted in deep cobalt blue. Made in the 18th century circa 1780 this exquisite design shows a vase filled with sunflowers and ferns. Although made of flowers the design is reminiscent of a peacock displaying its feathers, and has been known since the 18th century as the “Peacock” pattern.
The rim of each charger is painted with traditional yellow slip.
This pair is part of our large collection of Blue and White Dutch Delft which includes a number of pieces in the Peacock pattern
Dimensions: diameter 13.75 inches
Price: $3400 for the pair
The technique of making Delft was first described in writing by 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 white tin glaze. They then began to cover the white tin-glaze with clear glaze, which gave 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.