Three Delft Chargers Polychrome Hand Painted Netherlands Circa 1780


This collection of three antique Dutch Delft chargers showcases the craftsmanship of the 18th-century potteries in the city of Delft.
Each charger is hand painted in a vibrant array of polychrome hues, including cobalt blue, green, yellow, iron red, ochre, and manganese purple.
The charger on the bottom of the main image shows a beautiful hand painted flower-filled garden.
We see a single large flower with green and iron red leaves, a willow tree with a purple trunk and ochre leaves, a garden fence painted in manganese with yellow posts outlined in iron red, and vibrant blue rockwork, which enhances all the other colors of the scene.
The charger at the upper left of the image shows a lovely sprig of flowers with a large yellow tulip, yellow tulip buds, and bright blue leaves, all tied with an iron red bow.
Around the center is a wide band with an iron red and yellow geometric pattern.
The border has green leaves and a geometric pattern in two shades of blue.
The third, slightly smaller charger (12″diameter) features a beautiful songbird settled on a flowering tree branch. Three butterflies are hovering nearby.
The border has six panels, each with a floral design separated by iron red “diamonds.”
The overall effect is harmonious and lovely!

Diameters: 14″, 13.5″, and 12″

Condition: Each charger is in excellent condition with slight edge frits invisibly restored.

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Background of Delft

The origins of Delft are found in the Middle East. Tin ash was used in a glaze for pottery as early as the 9th century in Mesopotamia. Using white glaze over a dark or buff-colored pottery body created a “canvas” on which painters could show brilliant colors that did not appear well on the earlier pottery’s darker bodies.

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