Tichelaar Makkum three small Delft style handpainted polychrome wall dishes (tin glaze)


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Set of three small handpainted polychrome wall dishes made by Tichelaar in Makkum, the Netherlands. The dishes are decorated with a Delft style flower motif painted in blue, black, russet (reddish brown), yellow and green against a white tin-glaze background. The edge of the dishes is ribbed and scalloped. The dishes have two small holes in their footring to put a wire through to hang them on a wall.

The backside of the dishes are signed with a handpainted Tichelaar "Makkum" mark (used between 1948 and 1979), a model number (874) and the painters signature. Two dishes are signed HM or NM (from an unidentified painter). The third dish is signed with a small downward arrow, which was one of the signatures used by Mr. Sjoerd Post, who worked at Tichelaar from 1965 onwards (end date unknown).

It is interesting to see the small differences in style and interpretation between the two dishes painted by the unidentified HM or NM painter and the dish painted by Sjoerd Post. It is clear there was considerable freedom for painters to adapt the design towards their own personal preferences.

The dish painted by Sjoerd Post seems to be newer than the other two dishes. It is also a bit more heavy and sturdy, with a weight of 60 grams compared to the 50 grams of the other two dishes.

These items 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 a mould 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: two of the dishes have small damages to the glaze on their rim, as shown in the pictures. These damages are not very noticeable and are not visible from the front side. These kind of glaze rim damages are normal on older tin-glazed items, as tin glaze is very brittle on edges. Aside from this the dishes are in a very good condition, with no other damages and very little wear to the glaze. The glaze shows no crazing and has a nice gloss and deep colours.

A delightful set of three small dishes, perfect for on the wall, but they can also be placed upright in small plate stands. We will supply the dishes with the perspex plate stands featured in the photos.

We have two larger plates with the same pattern listed here: www.etsy.com/listing/1617895240 and here: www.etsy.com/listing/1632606925. They would make a nice combination with these three smaller plates.

Made by: Royal Tichelaar

Place of manufacture: Makkum, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1948 and 1979 (the Sjoerd Post dish between 1965 and 1979).

Model (catalog) nr.: 874

Method of decoration: handpainted (tin-glaze)

Size: diameter: 10 cm, depth / height: 2 cm

Weight: 160 g (2x 50 g and 1x 60 g)

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 plates and dishes on the website of Tichelaar: www.tichelaar.com/shop/fine-ceramics/tableware.


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 Delftware, but on a limited scale. The traditional production process makes that the items are nowadays very costly to produce, and for many too expensive to buy. There is no production for stock anymore, but items are still produced in batches for larger orders or for individual orders accumulated through their website (about 4x per year). 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: www.tichelaar.com.


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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 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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