De Porceleyne Fles large handpainted Delft blue pitcher

$72.75

Shipping to United States: $31.34

Large (2 litre) handpainted pitcher / vase made in 1949 by De Porceleyne Fles in Delft. The pitcher is painted underglaze in Delft blue style and features on the front side (the position with the ear facing right) a bird of paradise in a fantasy garden with elaborate Delft style flowers and an insect. The decoration continues from the front side to the back of the vase. The neck is decorated with Delft style ornaments. The painting is well done, in the high quality that De Porceleyne Fles is known for.

The pitcher is signed at the bottom with a handpainted Porceleyne Fles Delft mark, a factory batch number (1083), a year code (BT = 1949) and a painter's signature (JvW, from Mr. J.H. van Willigen, who worked as a painter at de Porceleyne Fles from 1947 till 1994).

Condition: good, except for a small restoration at the sprout, a small chip at the foot and a repaired chip at the footring (see detail pictures). The defects are not really noticeable, but the price of the item has been adjusted for this. There are no cracks, hairlines or other defects. The vase has a nice even crazing, which is normal for items of De Porceleyne Fles of this age and in our opinion adds charm to the vase. The glaze has a nice gloss and no noticeable wear or scratches. The inside of the vase is fully glazed and clean.

This pitcher is meant for decoration, but since it is sturdy and fully glazed it can (with care) be actually used as a pitcher for water, milk etc. on the table. Just do not put it in a dishwasher, because large temperature differences will cause a lot of crazing of the glaze.

Made by: De Porceleyne Fles

Place of manufacture: Delft, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: 1949

Method of decoration: handpainted (underglaze)

Size: height: 20,0 cm, width (sprout to handle): 18,0 cm, depth: 15,5 cm (capacity: 2 litres)

Weight: exactly 1 kg

Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.

Current catalogue price: This model is not produced anymore by De Porceleyne Fles, but you can find the current price of similar handpainted Delft blue items at the website of De Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft) here: https://royaldelft.com/en/shop/?wpf_filtered=1&wpf_filter_craftmanship=hand-painted&wpf_filter_colour=delft-blue

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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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This beautiful piece will be carefully packed and send by tracked and insured mail.

If you buy multiple items from our shop in one purchase, we will try to combine the items into one parcel. Any excess shipping costs will be refunded.

If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may contact us within 14 days from the delivery date to return the item. If the item is returned in its original condition, we will issue a refund for the total purchase price of the item (return shipping costs are however not covered).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your shipping times?

We will send off your order within one or two working days. We use the standard parcel service of PostNL to ship our parcels. You can find their estimated delivery times per country here www.postnl.nl/en/customer-service/international-delivery-times-post-and-parcels/. In the fourth column you can find the delivery times of the standard service (in estimated business / working days). Please keep in mind that customs / import procedures in non-EU countries can sometimes add an extra week (or even two weeks) to the delivery times.
On request we can also ship with UPS for a faster delivery: expedited (within 10 days) or express (within a few days). There are no custom delays when shipping with UPS. Contact us before the purchase to get a quote.

How do you pack your items, will my item arrive safely?

Broken ceramics is a thing we do not like! Not only is it a waste of time and money, but it also (often) means the end for a rare and unique item, which was treasured and cared for by their previous owners. So we really want to avoid any damages during shipping!
We have lots of experience of shipping ceramics, and we have seen what works and what does not work to protect ceramics during transit. If we ship multiple items in one package, each item is carefully wrapped and kept well seperated from the other items. We use large boxes, with plenty of buffer all around the items, so the packages can withstand a lot of abuse. All our packages should be able to cope with a 1,5 m drop without the items getting damaged.

Do you take care of the environment?

Yes we do. We re-use packaging materials as much as possible, which means we rarely have to buy new materials for our packaging. Only foam peanuts are sometimes bought by us, in which case we choose starch based peanuts which are fully biodegradable, non-toxic and water-soluble.
Each year, we calculate the greenhouse gas emissions in CO2-equivalents caused by our shipping. We multiply that amount by 150% and then offset it in certified CO2 compensation projects based on tree planting / reforestation in Bolivia and Uganda. See https://treesforall.nl/en/project/ for more information on the projects.

How should I take care of my Dutch ceramics?

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.

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