Dutch Delft baluster vase & lid, Rococo Chinoiserie garden, c. 1750
Dutch Delft baluster vase & lid painted inglaze with a Chinoiserie garden incorporating rocaille rocks, within Rococo scroll borders, the lid with similar decoration.
small bruise to side, wear to rims, lid matched & with chips
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.