Three Antique Blue and White Delft Tobacco Jars



A set of three blue and white Dutch delft tobacco jars with brass covers each painted on the front with a Native American chieftain smoking a pipe. Each jar is inscribed with the locale from which the tobacco originated: “HAVANA”, “MANILLA” or “VARINAS” (today’s Varinasi in India). The decoration is rich and fully painted. It shows a tall leafy tobacco plant, two ships under sail, and a barrel overflowing with tobacco leaves All three jars with the mark in blue for “The Claw” factory.


H 15.5 in. x Dm 8.75 in.


Excellent. There is original glaze bubbling on the back of the jar.


$5,800 for the set of 3 jars


A pair of similar tobacco jars marked for “The Blompot” factory, one jar inscribed “CUBA”, the other “HAVANA” is illustrated in Aronson 2015, pp. 138-139, no. 81.


Tobacco was first imported to Spain from the Americas around 1530. Iberian traders also returned with knowledge of how to smoke tobacco in pipes. Soon after its importation its popularity began to expand and spread geographically. In the 18th and early 19th centuries the Netherlands had a flourishing tobacco industry. The tobacco leaves were often stored in large Dutch Delftware jars like ours, appropriately labeled with their contents.

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