Delft faience, Holland, two square lobed square bowls, identical blue and white floral decoration, not marked, late 17th and early 18th century
Delft faience, Holland, two square lobed square bowls, identical blue and white floral decoration, not marked, late 17th and early 18th century

Two exceptional antique Deftse faience salad bowls with identical decor but from different periods.

Smallest bowl: H = 6 cm, W = L = 23.5 cm Largest bowl H = 7.5 cm, W = L = 25 cm


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We see two exceptional almost identical salad bowls in blue and white decor on faience (tin glazed earthenware) with a floral decor from the Chinese Kangxi period. They are square in shape, tucked into the corners, with curved edges that widen from the shelf. The flat is round and slightly convex raised on the largest bowl, flat on the other. The curve gradually merges into the wall.

Both have the same decor with a stylized Chinese decor of a bridge over water in the center, a large perforated rock in the center from which a bamboo trunk rises vertically. On the left there is a branch with a peony bush, on the right a lotus plant. We see a black painted outline on the large bowl, in blue on the smaller one. At the transition from the flat to the curvature we see a band with an X-shaped mosaic around it. At the bottom this band is outlined by a double brown-black line, at the top with one brown-black line. on the large bowl, same with the smaller one but in blue. The four edges are painted with the same floral decoration with a bud-shaped lotus flower in the center, on the large bowl in greyish blue, on the small bowl in bright blue. The perforated rock is the sign of the past, the present and the future. Together with flowers, plants or trees, they symbolize the eternal change of the whole.

However, both signs are not identical. One is larger than the other, the color of the pâte shines through more, the glaze is greyish blue with a speckled cloud-like discoloration, especially in the lower right corner. Unfortunately it also has a hairline crack on the left edge although this does not really bother the whole.

The other is smaller, has no translucent patina, and the glaze is an even light blue. The decor is painted a bit finer, the blue is brighter, but is generally comparable in construction. The decor elements are outlined in fine blue. The largest bowl rather has a greyish blue decoration with thicker black outlines. Both should have traces, but this is clearer on the smallest bowl and different from the one on the large bowl. The large bowl bears a small blue cross-shaped underglaze sign, but this is not a classic Delft mark. By the way, they were only generally applied to Delft ware from 1750. The smallest bowl is not marked. Both have two openings in the base ring through which they could be hung.

Although both bowls were made in Delft faience, it seems to me to be the largest parent, rather the last quarter of the 17th century. In my opinion, the smallest bowl dates from the early 18th century.

Price large bowl (considering hair crack) € 1600.

Price small bowl 1200 €

Total for the two: 2600





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