A pair of early 19th century Delft Vases
A pair of early 19th century Delft baluster shaped vases in blue and white on octagonal bases. decorated with a charming image of a man and dog in a landscape, the image framed by a raised darker blue motif . the neck and bases adorned with the key pattern .C1825
Height 11.50″ or 29 cm
Base 6.50″ or 16.50cm
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.