Tichelaar Makkum 3-piece medium sized Delft chinoiserie style garniture set, in mint condition with original invoice


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Beautiful medium sized handpainted Delft chinoiserie style garniture set of one covered vase (32 cm high) with two beaker vases (23 cm high) made in ca. 1974 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. The vases have a six-sided shape with a contoured upper, middle and lower area. The middle area is decorated with six elongated cartouches that feature two alternating designs: one with a Chinese or Japanese lady holding a vase with flowers and one with a large vase filled with flowers. The upper and lower areas of the vases are filled with various Delft style ornaments and flowers. The lid of the covered vase is six-sided and is crowned with a stylised foo dog (Chinese guardian lion).

All vases are signed with a handpainted Tichelaar Makkum mark (used between 1948 and 1979), a model / catalogue number (339) and the painter's signature (a monogram of an R and a J, which is the signature of Mr. Riekent Jongman). All vases are 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: excellent, as new, mint condition. There are no damages or restorations, the glaze is in an excellent condition, without any scratches or crazing and with a beautiful thick gloss. The colours are strong and beautiful. The inside of the vases is also very clean, as new.

The set comes with the original invoice from the Tichelaar factory shop, which shows that the set was bought on August 2, 1974 for a total price of 1118 Dutch guilders (which is equivalent to approximately €2070 today).

A very colourful garniture set in classic Delft chinoiserie style in mint condition. Great for any Tichelaar of Delftware collection, or just for decoration. This set would me a great gift for any lover of ceramics.

Made by: Royal Tichelaar

Place of manufacture: Makkum, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: in or just before 1974

Model / catalogue number: 339

Method of decoration: handpainted (tin-glaze)

Size: covered vase: height 32,0 cm, diameter (point to point): 16,0 cm, weight 1,38 kg (capacity 2,95 litres)
beaker vases: height approx. 23,0 cm, diameter (point to point) approx. 12,0 cm, weight each approx. 0,58 kg (capacity each 0,85 litres).
Total weight of the set: 2,54 kg.

Additional pictures of the objects can be provided if required.

Current catalogue price: not available, this garniture is not 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.


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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