BEAUTIFUL OLD CERAMIC DELFT PORCELAIN TILE
17TH OR EARLY 18TH CENTURY
About 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Wonderful Delft ceramic tile. Blue and black floral and foliate arrangement on a stem.
In the early 17th century, the Dutch tile industry started to florish and rapidly became the largest production area of the world, noted for the high quality and diversity of products. Although tiles did not originate from the Netherlands, the growth of the industry was the direct effect of an extraordinary period of economic and cultural flowering, eventually known as the Dutch Golden Age. Italian craftsmen had the knowledge and skill to produce tiles, and many of them had settled in the sixteenth century in the city of Antwerp, Belgium, after the Spanish conquest of Antwerp in 1585. Many middle eastern and southern oriented countries used tiles on floors or on the outside of buildings, as decoration or simply as a long lasting construction solution. The Dutch Delft tiles as we know them today, were at first created as wall tiles on the inside of fireplaces, or as mantel surrounds. Soon, not only the rich in the cities were able to decorate their homes with tiles, also farmers and middle class families gained access. More customers led to a higher demand of unique tiles, patterns and murals.
Overall very good to excellent. Some roughage around the edges, and a non-penetrating hairline in the glaze. Thick plaster remaining on the back (all visible in the images). A FINE AND ORIGINAL DELFT TILE.
Rare 17th century Delft ceramic tile Dutch porcelain dark blue foliate flower