Antique Blue & White Glaze Earthenware Pitcher Vase Delft Netherlands 18-19 Cent

Antique Blue & White Glaze Earthenware Pitcher Vase Delft Netherlands 18-19 Cent


A bulbous, handled pitcher or jug, made of earthenware ceramic and glazed with white and blue depicting scenes from rural life and a ship at sea.

The pitcher, most likely manufactured at the end of the 18th Century in Delft, the Netherlands is made in the traditional Delft method of over-glazing ceramics in white to resemble porcelain. The under-glaze painted scenes show a young couple chasing a dog, a piper in the fields, a castle and a ship as sea, most probably a Dutch Fluyt, a two-mast ship used in the 16-17 centuries to transport riches from the new world.

The glazing is cracked as is common with such earthenware due to the contraction and expansion of the ceramic over time.

The Dutch pioneered glazed ceramic earthenware and porcelain in western Europe. The industry was centered around the city of Delft in Holland from which the term delftware originates. 

During the 16th and 17th century before the secrets to porcelain were discovered by the Germans, the industry focused on mimicking porcelain with earthenware glazed white. Once the Chinese trade secrets of porcelain were uncovered the Delft artisans switched over to porcelain however traditional earthenware items were still produced until well into the late 19th century.




39 x 30 cms

Excellent overall condition. no damage or missing parts. Craquelure as expected and chips on top and bottom


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