De Porceleyne Fles Delft pair of handpainted imari "Pijnacker" dish / plates

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Beautiful pair of medium sized (23,5 cm) handpainted dishes / plates made in 1973 by De Porceleyne Fles in Delft. The dishes are painted in Delft imari ("Pijnacker") style using red, blue, and gold colours. There are also some features painted in green colour, which is not often seen in the Pijnacker style and is much sought after. The blue and green are painted underglaze, the red and gold overglaze. The decoration shows an exotic Delft style flower garden with a pond and a bird of paradise. The edge of the plates is decorated with Delft style leaf and flower ornaments. The plates are elegantly painted, in the high quality that De Porceleyne Fles is known for.

The backside of the plates is signed with a handpainted De Porceleyne Fles Delft mark, a batch number (922, in red paint), a painter's signature (LHO, of Ms. L. Hogendoorn who worked from 1968 to 1978 as a painter at De Porceleyne Fles), and a year code (CS = 1973). Also the letters RBG are inscribed in the ceramic, which is a factory code for the type of ceramic and decoration used (RBG stands for "Rood Blauw en Goud", Red Blue and Gold, which is the code for the Pijnacker decoration). The plates have two small holes in their footring with a metal wire through it, to hang them on a wall.

The "Pijnacker" style is the common name given to the red, blue and gold style of De Porceleyne Fles (and older Delftware producers), which is based on the Japanese imari style of ceramics. It is a very beautiful style but costly to produce, since the red and gold paints cannot be fired at high temperatures. So while the blue paint is painted underglaze (as normal with De Porceleyne Fles) and fired at a high temperature, the red and gold are then painted overglaze after the first firing and the piece is fired a second time at lower temperatures. This second firing makes it more costly to produce, in addition to the gold paint that is used, which is made from pure, ground 24 karat gold. Because of the relatively high costs, De Porceleyne Fles has stopped making pieces in the Pijnacker style as from 2009.

Condition: excellent, as new. There are no damages or defects and there is no wear visible on the glaze. The colours are strong and lively, and the gold paint is intact and shiny. There is no crazing of the glaze.

A rare and beautiful pair of Pijnacker plates in excellent condition painted by the same painter and produced in the same factory batch. This pair of plates will look great on a wall, but also on their own in a plate stand. The perspex plate stands that are featured in the pictures will be provided with the plates.

Made by: De Porceleyne Fles

Place of manufacture: Delft, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: 1973

Method of decoration: handpainted (underglaze and overglaze)

Size: diameter 23,3 and 23,5 cm, depth: 3,4 cm

Weight: 485 and 490 g (total weight 0,975 kg)

Additional pictures of the objects can be provided if required.

Current catalogue price: Pijnacker plates are not produced anymore by De Porceleyne Fles, but you can find the current price of other handpainted Delft blue and polychrome plates here on the website of De Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft):


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:


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

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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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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 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.
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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 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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Beautiful pair of plates…presented accurately!

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