Tichelaar Makkum 3-piece Delft Chinoiserie style garniture set


Shipping to United States: $51.32

Beautiful handpainted garniture set of one covered vase (31,5 cm high) with two beaker vases (21,3 cm high) made by Tichelaar in Makkum, the Netherlands.

The vases are decorated in Delft Chinoiserie style using black, green, yellow, blue and russet (reddish brown) colours against a white tin-glaze background. All three vases are decorated with a colourful panorama that encircles the whole vase. From left to right it features a lake or pond with ducks, plants and an insect, which gradually transforms into a fantasy flower garden with a bird on a branch, which again hangs over a lake or a pond. On the covered vase the beginning and end of the panorama are separated by a vertical ribbon with a crosshatch pattern and a small flower cartouche. The base and rim of the vases are decorated with Delft style ornaments. The lid of the covered vase has a two-sided decoration that matches the decoration of the lower part of the vase. All vases have eight curved ribs, a nice detail is that the rim of the covered vase is also curved this way.

Because all three vases are decorated with the same panorama, it is possible to turn the vases in such a way that all parts of the panorama are displayed.

All vases are signed identically with a handpainted Tichelaar Makkum mark (used between 1948 and 1979), a model / catalogue number (1280, which was produced from 1960 onwards) and the painter's signature (a monogram of J and D, which is the signature of Mr. Jurjen Dijkstra). The whole garniture set is painted by the same painter.

These vases are handmade according to century-old traditions identical to how 17th or 18th century Delftware was made. The earthenware (made from local yellow clay) is shaped by hand in moulds and after a first firing glazed with an opaque white tin-glaze. The colours are then painted on this glaze and fused with it through a second firing. This creates a product with a beautiful and unique appearance. Tichelaar is the only remaining Delftware producer in the Netherlands that still follows this procedure.

Condition: Like new. There are no damages, the glaze is in an excellent condition, without any scratches or crazing and with a nice gloss. The colours are strong and beautiful. The inside of the vases is also very clean, like new. Note: a few small paint splatters are visible on the rim of one of the beaker vases (see pictures), this is a normal artefact of the production process and should be considered a defect.

A charming and colourful Delft style garniture set in a perfect (like new) condition. Great to be placed on a side table or inside or on top of a cupboard, cabinet or bookcase. The vases can be used as actual flower vases, as the inside is fully glazed.

Made by: Royal Tichelaar

Place of manufacture: Makkum, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1960 and 1979, most probably near 1979

Model / catalogue number: 1280

Method of decoration: handpainted (tin-glaze)

Size: covered vase: height 31,5 cm, diameter: 17,8 cm, weight 1,10 kg (capacity 2,7 litres)
beaker vases: height approx. 21,3 cm, diameter 12,7 cm, weight each approx. 0,46 kg (capacity each 0,8 litres). Total weight of the set: 2,02 kg.

Additional pictures of the objects can be provided if required.

Current catalogue price: not available, this exact model is not being offered anymore by Tichelaar today. You can find the current price for other vases on the website of Tichelaar here: https://www.tichelaar.com/shop/fine-ceramics.

We found inside the covered vase the original receipt of the purchase of this set in the Tichelaar factory shop, see the last picture. The set was bought on April 6 of the year 1982 for the price of 1280 Dutch guilders (Fl. 640,- for the covered vase and 2x Fl. 320,- for the two beaker vases), which would be equivalent to €1420 now. The original receipt will be included with the vases.


About Tichelaar:

Royal Tichelaar is located in a small fishing village in the north of the Netherlands, Makkum. The history of the company goes way back to 1572, making it the oldest continuously operating company in the Netherlands. Tichelaar means "tile-maker", and at first the factory only produced bricks and tiles, but around 1700 production also started of tin-glazed household and ornamental dishes. After 1890 a large part of the production became oriented towards ornamental Delftware in various forms and styles. Tichelaar uses a yellow baking clay for their products, which is locally excavated. After baking it receives a white tin-glaze and is subsequently decorated. This is the way all Delftware was produced centuries ago, and Tichelaar is the only remaining factory to still do so. Other Delftware producers in the Netherlands around 1900 switched to painting directly on white baking clay without the extra layer of tin-glaze. True to the spirit of tradition, Tichelaar keeps mechanisation to a minimum and all items remain handpainted. The quality of the handpainting is very good, it has a distinctive "Frisian" character that is very recognisable.

Tichelaar today still produces some Delftware, but on a very limited scale. The traditional production process makes that the items are nowadays very costly to produce, and for many too expensive to buy. A small number of items is still produced and offered through the shop on their website. The company nowadays has its main focus on producing speciality tiles, with special glazes for architecture / building purposes. More information can be found on their website: https://www.tichelaar.com/.


These beautiful vases 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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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.

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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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