Pair of Large Delft Vases with Polychrome Colors



A pair of colorful polychrome Delft vases showing chinoiserie scenes painted in panels. In one panel we see a young woman with a basket of flowers standing before a pagoda, the other panel is filled with a a flowering tree and a garden fence. The cover of each jar is topped by a traditional bird and ball finial. The shoulders of the vases and the domed cover are decorated with cartouches showing objects symbolic of good fortune, and others showing leafy plants.

Bringing the exceptional and enduring charm of chinoiserie decoration these large jars would add beauty to any room.


H 18.5 in. x Dm 8.75 in.




$4,200 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.

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