Dutch delft vase, large flower decoration, circa 1760


Dutch Delft baluster shape vase, painted inglaze with a large flower group, with central rose flanked by tulip and carnation, the reverse with a lesser sprig, the rim with a dash and leaf border.

Dutch, or

possibly English?

Circa 1760


18cm H
14cm D

Restorations to body with signs of overpainting evident, some chips to foot.



The European flowers on this vase are unusual, most flowers are inspired by the Orient. Several factors including this decoration, the tone of blue, and the glaze/body colour suggest this may be a rarer English example.

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.




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