We are pleased to offer this pair of Dutch delft vases painted in the Cashmere palette.
Made circa 1870 the vases are a nice size, 14.5″ tall. The shape of the vases is octagonal. The decoration features stylized flowers in panels painted with colors are which are soft, yet vibrant. Iron red blossoms are set in a field of cobalt blue, and outlined in a beautiful soft, mossy green. The white tin-glazed ground makes the three colors come alive.
14.5″ tall x 6.5″ diameter at the widest point
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 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 makers who could utilize the large 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 porcelains to Europe. The potters in Delft were able to fill the void in the market and they began producing earthenware’s 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. So successful were the Delft factories that many factories across Europe and especially in England across the channel began to produce Delftware.