This hand-painted Delft vase was produced in the Netherlands in the 1700’s. Delft is a city in the western part of the Netherlands that is world-renowned for ceramic pieces. As a home port of the Dutch East India Company, Delft was at the forefront of producing faience wares, which were influenced by imported Chinese porcelain.
The prototypical Delftware has a white background with hand-painted cobalt blue imagery, though they can also be found in multi-colored or “polychrome” variations, such as ours. Our baluster form vase has a hand painted scene depicting a woman in a flowing dress walking across a field. The scene is surrounded by flowers, curled leaves, and a diapered background with flowering vine offshoots. On the opposite side of the baluster is a large flowering vine.
The lid has a rural life cartouche that is painted with a scene depicting a farm overlooking a field or body of water . The handle of the lid has a similarly colored bird perched on a sinuous branch, while pecking at a berry. This particular design was seen on many delft baluster vases. The rest of the vase has been painted with beautifully detailed scrolls and floral motifs. Today, this antique vase can be used a colorful decorative accent in a powder bath, bedroom, or on any table surface.
CONDITION: Good overall antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use. Minor losses and fleabites as seen in photos. Craquelure is visible.
H - 20 1/2, W - 9 1/4, D - 7, Base footprint - 5 3/4 x 4 5/8
18th Century Dutch Polychrome Delft Baluster Form Vase