A pair of tall, octagonal Dutch Delft blue and white vases well-painted in the thousand flowers design. Each vase shows a songbird in a flower filled garden with peonies and chrysanthemums. At the base we see a band of lappets with floral designs. These vases are graceful with soft coloring. They would look great in a country setting or in an apartment in the city.
H 13.5 in. x Dm 6 in.
The technique of making delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “The Delft Pottery Maker” written in 1794 and 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 about 1650 the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.
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