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Pair Blue and White Dutch Delft Vases Showing Peacocks


Pair Blue and White Dutch Delft vases painted in deep cobalt blue, each vase is beautifully decorated with a continuous scene showing showing peacocks in a flower filled garden. The necks are painted with exotic banana leaves. The lobed octagonal bases are painted with lambrequins showing tulips. HISTORY Delft is a type of earthenware which is low fired pottery and is porous unless sealed with a glaze. The delft glaze is essentially a very thin layer of glass deposited on the surface of the piece and fused to it when fired in the kiln. Over 1000 years ago, potters in the Middle East discovered that by adding 10-15 percent white tin ash to the glaze they were able to create an opaque white "canvas" which would be much more conducive to painting with colors than the original brown clay body. Painters could now show brilliant colors which did not show up well on the darker bodies of the earlier pottery. In the Middle ages potters took the technique to Spain and Italy. In the third quarter of the 16th century the technique spread to Holland and England. During this period the city of Delft became the premiere center for this type of pottery which is known today as "Delft". The technique of making Delft was first described 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 about 1650 the technical skills of the  potters and painters were much  improved, and  Delft began its golden age.


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  • Condition
    Excellent. small edge frits invisibly restored.
  • Dimensions

    H 13 in. x Dm 5.75 in.

    H 33.02 cm x Dm 14.61 cm

  • Diameter
    5.75 in. (14.61 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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