Rare handpainted Delsepia vase made in 1974 by De Porceleyne Fles in Delft, the Netherlands. This shape of vase is called a "Pilgrim vase" by the Porceleyne Fles. It is a round and flattened flask-like vase with two handles (ears), a foot and a fluted mouth, inspired by the "moon vases" or "moon flasks" of Chinese ceramics. The vase is painted in the rare Delsepia style of the Porceleyne Fles, which was a style painted in sepia colour (the colour of squid ink, which produces a colour between black / grey and purple / brown), which was only produced between 1973 and 1976 by the Porceleyne Fles. Instead of the usual glossy underglaze painting of the Porceleyne Fles, this style is characterised by a matt frosty finish, with the decoration painted on the glaze and fused with it during the firing process, similar to how antique tin-glazed Delftware was made.
The vase is decorated on the front side with a typical Dutch landscape surrounded by 17th century Delft style ornaments. Similar ornaments can be found on the backside and on the sides of the vase.
The vase is signed at the bottom with a handpainted Porceleyne Fles Delft mark, a factory batch number (2205), a painter's signature (MKR, from Mr Marinus C. Krieger, who worked from 1955 till 2005 as a painter at De Porceleyne Fles), and a year code (CT = 1974). Some inscribed letters can also be seen, which is an internal factory mark for the type of ceramics or decoration.
The painter Marinus C. Krieger later in his career became the designer of the (also rare) Delflore style of the Porceleyne Fles, which was produced between 1988 and 1993 and also featured the same frosty finish as the Delsepia style.
Condition: excellent, as new. There are no damages, hairlines or restorations. There is no visible wear to the glaze and no crazing. The inside of the vase is very clean, as new. The earthenware is quite thick and heavy, this is a very sturdy vase.
A rare and very collectable vase in excellent condition, a great present for any serious Porceleyne Fles collector!
Made by: De Porceleyne Fles
Place of manufacture: Delft, the Netherlands
Year of manufacture: 1974
Method of decoration: handpainted (onglaze)
Size: height: 29,3 cm, width: 18,0 cm, depth: 9,0 cm (capacity 1,2 litres)
Weight: 1,10 kg
Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.
Current catalogue price: The Delsepia style is not produced anymore by De Porceleyne Fles, but the pilgrim vase model is still produced in regular Delft blue style. You can find the current price for a new piece on the website of De Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft) here: https://royaldelft.com/en/shop/vase-windmill-4/.
About De Porceleyne Fles:
De Porceleyne Fles (also known as Royal Delft) is the most renowned Delftware factory in the Netherlands that still produces handpainted Delftware today. It is the only remaining factory of the 32 earthenware factories that were established in Delft during the 17th century. Founded in 1653, it has been active without interruption for over 365 years.
The quality of the painting of De Porceleyne Fles (PF) Delftware is very high, with painters receiving many years of training before they can start painting the designs. It takes no less than ten years of training / experience to become a 'master painter', who paint the more complicated designs and landscapes / sceneries.
De Porceleyne Fles produces Delftware in a variety of styles, which include beside the well-known blue and white (Delft blue) style amongst others a polychrome style, an imari style (Pijnacker), a green style (Delvert) and a 'famille Noire' style (Black Delft). A characteristic of the glaze used by PF is that it tends to craze with age a bit more than compared with other Delftware producers. So older items of PF are virtually always crazed to some extent, which does add charm to the object and should not be considered a defect.
Besides the traditional (and expensive) handpainted Delftware PF nowadays also produces more modern and affordable lines of Delftware whereby the decoration is put onto the product by hand by means of a screenprinted transfer. These products are then called "handmade" instead of "handpainted".
More information can be found on the website of Royal Delft: www.royaldelft.com/en_gb/.
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First of all, don't let them fall! Always handle them in a mindful way and put them in spots where they cannot be accidentally bumped over when cleaning or vacuuming. Some people put some (clean) sand in vases to make them more stable.
Second, don't clean them too often! Underglaze painted Gouda and Delftware can be perfectly cleaned with water if necessary, but often just dusting them off or polishing them up a bit with a soft dry cloth is enough. Overglaze painted items should not be cleaned too often.
The colours of ceramics do not fade in sunlight, so you can put them in bright spots where they look good. But do avoid large temperature differences, which will cause increased crazing in many Delftware and also Gouda type pieces.