De Porceleyne Fles (Herman Sanders) handpainted Delft blue wall plate with Dutch landscape


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Medium to large sized (29,3 cm diameter) handpainted wall plate made in 1954 by De Porceleyne Fles in Delft, the Netherlands. The plate is painted underglaze with a typical Dutch landscape of boats sailing on a lake with in the background farm houses and windmills. The boats depicted are Dutch barges called "boeiers" (, which are flat-bottomed ships with leeboards that were traditionally used for transport on the shallow inland waterways. The edge of the plate is decorated with Delft style ornaments. The painting is very well done, in the high quality that De Porceleyne Fles is known for.

The backside of the plate is signed with a handpainted De Porceleyne Fles Delft mark, a batch number (411), a year code (B.Y. = 1954) and two painter's signatures. The signature on the left is from the person who painted the landscape, which is always the most experienced, expert painter. The other signature is of the person who painted the border, which can be done by a less expert painter. In this case the signature on the left (a S with two vertical stripes) is from Herman Sanders, who worked from 1948 till 1984 at De Porceleyne Fles and was one of its main painters and designers. The other signature (vw or viw) is from a painter we could not identify.

There are two additional marks which are not always found on De Porceleyne Fles plates. The little triangle indicates that the plate was marked as a second (a lesser grade) by the painter. We cannot find any faults on the plate that would justify that, except maybe a group of small dots in the upper right corner of the painting, which could be paint splatters and therefore not intentional. Underneath the triangle symbol there is another symbol, which looks like a keyhole or a paragraph sign. We do not know the meaning of this sign, perhaps a symbol indicating paint splatters? The plate has two small holes in its footring with a metal wire through it (and a cord) it to hang it on a wall.

Condition: excellent. There are no damages, hairlines or restorations. There are a few rough spots in the glaze on the edge of the plate, which can be felt but not easily seen or photographed. They could be glazing artefacts or wear from plate holders. Aside from this, the glaze is in a perfect condition, without any visible wear and a beautiful gloss. The glaze has a light and even crazing, which is normal for items of De Porceleyne Fles of this age and in our opinion just adds character to the piece.

A lovely plate in excellent condition painted by one of the most famous and expert painters of De Porceleyne Fles. A great item for any De Porceleyne Fles collector. Great to hang on a wall, but it can also be placed on its own in a plate stand. The perspex plate stand featured in the photos will be provided with the dish.

Made by: De Porceleyne Fles

Place of manufacture: Delft, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: 1954

Method of decoration: handpainted (underglaze)

Size: diameter 29,3 cm, depth: 4,3 cm

Weight: 860 g

Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.

Current catalogue price: This model is still produced by De Porceleyne Fles. You can find the current price on the website of De Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft) here:


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:


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