Delft Vase of baluster shape, Chinoiserie panel & plants, c. 1740
Dutch Delft baluster shape vase and cover, on elegant small foot, painted inglaze with a shaped reserve of a pagoda & landscape set amongst flowering plants & insects, the rim & foot with several ring borders, the lid similar.
lid matched & restored, cardboard lining & restoration to inner lip of lid, works well with the piece.
The form is taken from Chinese shapes, but has moved away from the slender foot seen in oriental examples to a broader stocky form with less ‘waist’. English examples kept a narrow concave lower portion to the body. A very similar from is the tobacco/drug jar, which has almost no concave curve, and a slightly flared rim (to allow a wax cloth cover to be tied). The purpose of this shape, with a lid, would have been ornamental, as part of a garniture on a firepiece or cupboard top.