Tichelaar Makkum handpainted Delft chinoiserie style polychrome 'klapmuts' bowl (tin glaze)


Shipping to United States: $31.34

Medium sized (15,2 cm diameter) handpainted polychrome bowl made between 1910 and 1940 by Tichelaar in Makkum, the Netherlands. The bowl is made after the so called 'klapmuts bowls' which were imported during the 17th century from China to Europe, mainly by the Dutch. These bowls were less narrow than traditional Chinese bowls and featured an everted rim, which was more suitable for western style dining with a spoon. The name 'klapmuts' (which can be loosely translated as a hat / cap with a foldable rim) comes from the similarity with the broad-rimmed felt hat which Dutch peasants traditionally wore during that period.

Here is an example of a very similar klapmuts bowl from the early 17th century: https://www.mfordcreech.com/Ming_Dynasty_Kraak_Porcelain_Large_Klapmuts_Bowl_Wanli_c1600-1620.html

The design and decoration of these Chinese bowls were later copied in the tin-glazed earthenware Delftware that was produced in Holland from the 17th Century onwards to satisfy the demand for this rare and expensive Chinese export porcelain.

The bowl has a polychrome decoration painted in blue, green, orange and russet (reddish brown) colours on a white tin-glaze background. For an explanation of the decorations of the dish, see the description in the above provided link to the original 'klapmuts bowl'. The dish has two small holes in its footring with a cord through it for hanging it on a wall.

The bowl is signed on the backside with an early handpainted Tichelaar Makkum mark (the simple version with just two crossed T's, used from ca. 1890 till 1947). The mark beneath the two T's is a bit peculiar, it could be a signature of the painter Gerrit Altena, who started his own company (Altena & Krooyenga) in Makkum in 1965. He has a very similar monogram. But it could also be a symbol that was added by Tichelaar to the standard mark to give items like these a more 'Chinese' look.

The dish is 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 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: good, there is very little wear to the glaze on the inside of the bowl, which has a beautiful gloss. There is a small glaze chip to the edge of the bowl (see detail picture), which is not very noticeable. Small glaze damages such as these are very common on older tin glazed items, because tin glaze is quite brittle on edges. Nevertheless the price of the item has been adjusted for this. The glaze on the backside shows two very thin hairlines (see detail pictures), which are not cracks because they are only visible on the backside. The backside also shows several stilt marks, these are marks left by the stilts where the bowl was resting upon when it was baked in the oven. This is not a defect but part of the normal production process.

A very nice and colourful dish, based on early 17th century Chinese export porcelain. Great to hang on the wall or on its own in a plate stand. The plate stand that is featured in the pictures will be provided with the dish.

Made by: Royal Tichelaar

Place of manufacture: Makkum, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1890 and 1947, most likely between 1910 and 1940

Model (catalog) nr.: this model was later given number 587 in Tichelaar's catalogue

Method of decoration: handpainted (tin-glaze)

Size: diameter: 15,2 cm, depth / height: 4,5 cm

Weight: 185 g

Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.

Current catalogue price: not available, this exact model is not offered anymore by Tichelaar today. You can find the current price for other handpainted items 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/.


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