19th Century Rectangular Blue and White Delft Dish


A 19th century Delft blue and white dish of rectangular shape with gently scalloped edges and hand painted design. Painted in under glaze cobalt blue, the central design depicts a decorated urn overflowing with flowers and is bordered by a simple crosshatch design. The rim of the dish is heavily decorated with large floral cartouches and concentric bands of floral and patterned designs. The underside of the rim is further enhanced with simple line and dot work. The base of the dish displays the De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles hand painted marking - the image of a jar over the initials "JT", over the word "Delft" - which has been applied to pieces since 1879. The base is also incised with the year code "D", which places production in 1882, and the initials "NZK". Delftware has a rich and long history which goes back to the early 1600s. The V.O.C. (Dutch East India Company) ships not only brought back spices from the Far East but also large quantities of Chinese porcelain. This porcelain became very popular among affluent families such as the European Royals. When the import of Chinese porcelain declined as a result of civil wars in China, the Dutch potteries seized the opportunity and developed their own version of this blue and white porcelain. This was the start of the Dutch Delftware industry which is now known internationally as a typically Dutch product. From the approximately 32 potteries that were founded in the 17th Century, Royal Delft is the only remaining Delftware factory left in Delft.

Dimensions: 2.75 x 22.75 x 14.5 in.

Date: c. 1882