A Delft baluster shaped blue and white period vase newly converted to a lamp
A Delft baluster shaped blue and white period vase newly converted to a lamp , attractively decorated with birds in a fanciful
background of flowers and foliage. the pattern is repeated all round . C1800
Height 10″ 0r 26 cm
maximum depth 9″ or 23 cm
base 6.50″ or 16.50 cm
Delftware is a tin glaze pottery, mostly produced in the city of Delft in the Netherlands, as a cheaper alternative to Chinese porcelain.
During the Dutch Golden Age the Dutch East India Company imported millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain in the early 17th century, which only the wealthiest could afford.
Eventually the Dutch potters invented a white tin glaze, which imitated porcelain, which in turn was decorated with a cobalt oxide, producing a wonderful fresh blue. It was as hugely popular then as it is today.