This old Delft vase has elegant form, was beautifully decorated, and also signed. It is a fine example of early Delft in the Imari style favored at the time it was made.
The vase is soft paste, tin glazed faience. It was probably made sometime around 1700 and it has the mark attributed to the Keyser and Pynaker pottery on the bottom (see Kovel's Dictionary of Marks).
It is tall and has a flared and slightly fluted top suitable for displaying large bunches of tulips. It has an Imari decoration and was hand painted in Imari colors of brick red, dark blue and has touches of gold paint.
Decoration shows the Oriental influence popular at the time and includes small birds, insects, flowers, stylized tobacco leaf, and scroll work. Written on the bottom, in red, are the initials APK.
The vase is about 5 1/2 inches across the top and 11 5/8 inches high. The base is around 4 1/2 inches across.
Surface crazing as usual with this type of pottery, light soiling inside, some glaze wear on edges and a small glaze flake off the bottom edge.
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