De Porceleyne Fles extra large handpainted Delft blue garniture set

$470.06

Shipping to United States: $90.37

Beautiful extra large (49,5 cm high) handpainted Delft 3-piece garniture set made in 1942-1944 by De Porceleyne Fles in Delft, the Netherlands.

This type of garniture is called a 'kaststel' in Dutch, which literally means a cabinet-set or a cupboard-set. They are often displayed in or on top of a cabinet. The set features a large (49,5 x 27,0 cm) covered vase with two matching beaker vases (34,3 x 18,7 cm). The covered vase was produced in 1942, while both beaker vases were produced in 1944. So the set was produced during WWII, when the Netherlands was occupied by the Germans, which makes it rather special.

The model of these vases is called "achtkant" in the classification of De Porceleyne Fles (Model III-43), which means "eight-sided", as the vases have a (rounded) eight-sided shape. This vase model is among the largest that De Porceleyne Fles produced.

The vases are painted underglaze in classical Delft blue style, in the high quality that De Porceleyne Fles is known for. The vases are decorated with an expressive display of Delft style flowers, which runs from the front down the sides to the back. The lower and upper parts of the vases are decorated with Delft style ornaments. The lid of the covered vase has a matching decoration and is crowned with a lion. The vases are fully glazed, also on the inside.

The vases are signed at the bottom with a handpainted Porceleyne Fles Delft mark, a batch number (covered vase: 122, both beaker vases: 163), a painters signature (covered vase: VR, from Mr A.E.V. Roggeveen who worked from 1892 till 1945 at De Porceleyne Fles, both beaker vases: JF, from Mr J. Frolich (jr.), who worked from 1932 till 1979 at De Porceleyne Fles) and a year code (covered vase BL = 1942, both beaker vases: BN = 1944). The lid of the covered vase is also signed on the inside by Mr Roggeveen. The "A" which is written above the marks on all vases is most probably an indication of the type of decoration. We know other vases of the same model with a more simple decoration, which have a "B" written on them.

Condition: the vases are in a very good condition, especially considering their age. The rim of the covered vase does have a small restoration and two thin and short hairline cracks (see detail pictures). The restoration is located at the backside of the vase. When the lid is on the vase, the restoration and the hairlines are barely visible. Nevertheless the price of the set has been adjusted for this. Aside from this, the vases are in an excellent condition, without any other damages, cracks, hairlines or restorations. The glaze of all three vases is in a very good condition: there is very little wear to the glaze and the glaze has a beautiful slick gloss. The glaze shows a fine and even crazing, which is normal for pieces of De Porceleyne Fles of this age. In our opinion it just adds character. The inside of the vases is clean and without discolorations.

An impressive set of vases, made during WWII by one of the best Delftware factories of the Netherlands. This set will add class and style to any interior.

Made by: De Porceleyne Fles

Place of manufacture: Delft, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: 1942 (covered vase), 1944 (beaker vases)

Method of decoration: handpainted (underglaze)

Size: covered vase: height 49,5 cm, diameter 27,0 cm (capacity 11,5 litres); beaker vases: height 34,3 cm, diameter 18,7 cm (capacity each 3,5 litres)

Weight: covered vase: 3,32 kg, beaker vases: 1,52 kg and 1,58 kg (total weight of the set: 6,42 kg)

Additional pictures of the objects can be provided if required.

Current catalogue price: This set is not produced anymore by De Porceleyne Fles. You can find the price for other handpainted vases here on the website of De Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft): https://royaldelft.com/en/shop/?wpf_filter_cat_1=2784&wpf_filter_craftmanship=hand-painted&wpf_filter_colour=delft-blue&orderby=price

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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).

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: https://www.royaldelft.com/en/

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This beautiful set will be carefully packed and send by tracked and insured mail. For added safety, the shipment will be made in two parcels, one for the two beaker vases and one for the covered vase.

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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