Posts Tagged ‘delft’

Delft jug with pewter lid, c.1690

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

I purchased this ovoid Dutch Delft blue & white earthenware jug from a dealer last year because I loved the stylized decoration and the unusual inventive repair. It has a slightly flared neck, blue & white Chinoiserie decoration, and a scroll handle. Jug was made in Holland in the late 1600s.

The pewter lid with a patch to cover the missing spout is one I have not seen before. I assumed that liquids would not pour well from this damaged vessel, but was pleasantly surprised how well the water flowed. I guess that the tinker or whoever did the repair over 150 years ago knew what they were doing.

Here’s another jug with similar form and decoration, but without damage. I prefer mine over this “perfect” example.

Photo courtesy of Anticstore

Delft floral plate, c.1700s

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

I found this colorful tin glazed earthenware pottery plate at a shop in Amsterdam about 6 years ago. It was made in the Netherlands in the 1700s and has stylized floral decoration in polychrome enamels of green, orange, and blue on a white ground. It measures 9 inches in diameter.

After the plate broke, well over 200 years ago, it was repaired most likely by an itinerant repairer. Holes were drilled on either side of the crack and multiple strands of thin brass wire were looped through the holes. The remaining spaces were filled with plaster or a binder of some sort. This is a variation on staple/rivet repairs in which holes are drilled part way through and small metal clamps are secured to the broken pieces. I have found many repairs like these predominantly in Northern France, Brussels, and the Netherlands.

Similar plate with similar crack is in the permanent collection at the Detroit Institute of Art.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts

French Delft ewer, c.1690

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

A French red body tin glazed earthenware ewer in traditional blue & white Delft decoration. Made for export, most likely for the Persian market.

I found this unusual piece in an antique shop in Cold Spring Harbor, NY while working on the film Eat Pray Love as a set decorator.

Elaborate metal mounts with dangling glass “jewels” replace the original ceramic spout, handle and cover.

The metal twisted rope style handle replaces the original long-gone handle, which would have been much simpler in form. It attaches at the bottom of the ewer to the stub of the broken handle.

Decorative multi-color glass beads are wired on to the metal cover and spout.

The ewer has a delicate baluster form and measures 6-1/2” high.

This similarly shaped ewer still sports its original handle and spout, although to me it looks a bit naked without the fanciful adornments found on my ewer.

Photo courtesy of eBay