Oud Delft Nijmegen medium to large handpainted Delft style 'garlic-neck' vase (tin glaze)


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Medium to large (38 cm high) handpainted Delft style "garlic-neck" vase, made between 1940 and 1968 by the Oud Delft factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The Dutch name for this type of vase is "knobbelvaas", which translates as "knob vase".

The vase is painted in a very colourful Delft polychrome style using blue, orange, yellow, green, russet (reddish brown) and black colours painted on a white tin-glaze. The vase features four identical cartouches (panels) containing Delft style leaf and flower ornaments in a blue fill. The space between the cartouches is filled with leaf and flower ornaments painted on the white background. The mouth, neck and foot of the vase are decorated with similar and matching ornaments. The vase is not completely round, but is slightly eight-sided, with eight broad ribs. These round ribs add an extra sheen to the glaze. The inside of the vase is also fully glazed.

This vase is decorated using a tin-glaze (or a pseudo-tin-glaze, a white glaze without any lead or tin oxide) technique very similar to how antique (17th and 18th century) Delftware was created. With the tin-glaze technique, earthenware (made from local yellow or red baking clay) after a first firing is glazed with an opaque white tin-glaze. The decoration is then painted on this glaze and fused with it during a second firing. This creates a different effect than most modern Delftware, which is made from a (foreign) white baking clay mixture, on which after the first firing the decoration is directly painted and subsequently covered with a transparent glaze before being fired a second time.

The vase is signed at the bottom with a handpainted Oud Delft mark (consisting of a potter's wheel and the letters O U D), which was in use between 1940 and 1968, and two other marks, of which the left one is most probably a year sign (exact meaning unknown) and the right one (the "V") most probably the painter's signature (unidentified).

Condition: very good, except for two small chips to the footring, which are nearly invisible when the vase is standing (see detail pictures). Aside from this the vase in an excellent condition, without any cracks, hairlines or other damages. The glaze has a beautiful rich gloss and shows no visible wear. Some crazing can be seen in the glaze, especially on the base of the vase, the inside of the mouth and on the knob, but this is appropriate to age and in our opinion just adds character to the vase.

A lovely and very colourful vase with much character, made in the classic Delft tradition. This vase which will bring joy and liveliness to any interior!

Made by: Oud Delft

Place of manufacture: Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1940 and 1968

Method of decoration: handpainted (pseudo tin-glaze)

Size: height: 37,7 cm, diameter: 18,0 cm (capacity: exactly 3 litres)

Weight: 1,74 kg

Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.


About Oud Delft:

Oud Delft (meaning "Old Delft") produced decorative Delftware between 1921 and 1996 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. From 1921 to 1968 Oud Delft produced only handpainted blue and white and polychrome Delftware. From 1968 onwards, printing techniques started to replace the handpainting, with in the early years a mix between the two and in the later years only fully printed items.

The handpainted items of Oud Delft were of good quality, and especially their polychrome items were easily recognisable by their distinctive palette of colours that differed from other producers. Unlike other producers, Oud Delft used an extra layer of white glaze as a background to their decorations, similar to the white tin-glaze layer once used on antique (19th century and earlier) Delftware. Most other producers of Delftware in the 20th century (with the notable exception of Tichelaar) just used the white biscuit of the stoneware used in modern Delftware as their background.

In 1996 Oud Delft was incorporated into Aardewerkfabriek 't Delftsche Huys in Waddinxveen, the Netherlands. They still produce (only printed, no handpainting) many of the models and designs of Oud Delft today.


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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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