Set of 4 Dutch Delft Hand Decorated Tiles Nursery Rhymes c1920
This is a charming set of four ‘Delft’ blue and white tiles made by Tichelaar in Makkum, one of the most famous ceramic factories in the Netherlands. They were made around 1920 for the foreign market, or a custom order for someone living in the Netherlands with a very specific request. The tiles are hand decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Each tile measures 5-3/8 inches square with a hand painted decorative flower in each corner. The tiles are offered for sale unframed, ready to be set into a wall or framed for hanging. The tiles are marked on the back side ‘Made in Holland’.
The tiles show the nursery rhymes each hand drawn and decorated:
~Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker's Man ~ ~Jack and Jill Went up the Hill ~ ~Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard ~ ~There was an Old Woman Who Lived in Shoe ~~
Royal Tichelaar Makkum is a Dutch pottery company, located in Makkum. After initially producing bricks and later pottery and tiles, the company has focused on traditional decorative pottery since 1890. Royal Tichelaar Makkum is regarded as one of the oldest companies in the Netherlands.
The set is in very good condition used condition with remnants on back of the mortar used in the tiles’ former wall space. A small piece of the lower right corner of ‘There was an old woman’ tile was broken and reglued, and the tile has crazing as shown. ‘Pat-a-cake’ and ‘Old Mother Hubbard’ have traditional crazing and a few minor edge flakes.’Jack and Jill’ has overall crazing and a mottled finish, and no other chips cracks or repairs. Offered as is, as shown, without apologies for this rare set.
A lovely and whimsical example of traditional hand crafted Delft tiles for the nursery.