Polychrome Delft Vases


A Pair of `Petit - Feu´ Baluster - form Vases and Covers in Polychrome Dutch Delftware

These two vases are decorated in over-glaze enamel, or ´Petit Feu´ colours. This means that the painter added this decoration on the already glazed and fired surface in colours that cannot resist a high-temperature firing. This decoration was submitted to a much cooler firing in a muffle kiln. This process was much more costly than a single firing, but abled the decorator to use a broader scale of smoother colours.

The body of these delicate vases are decorated with rococo-frames divided in panels; two panels on the front and on the back with a lady a landscape, two panels on the sides depicting a man in a garden, two panels with a bird amidst flowering plants, two panels with a flowers near a fence. The bottom, neck and cover are decorated with shells and floral scatters. The cover is modelled with a flower and leaves.

Delft, The Netherlands
18th century
30 cm

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