This blue and white Delftware urn is known as a tulip vase, as it was designed to hold cut flowers, specifically tulips, which are strongly associated with the Netherlands. The quintal vase (meaning it has five “fingers”) is designed to display flowers in a fanned arrangement. Hand-painted circa 1850 in the typical Delft cobalt blue over white, the vase hails from the region of the Netherlands known as Holland
Two unique illustrations can be seen on opposing sides of the heart-shaped main body: a windmill on the banks of a river on one side, with sailboats on a sea on the other. Both scenes are presented beneath a foliate canopy dotted with flowers. Sinuate leaves embellish each finger with a pair of volute handles flanking them. Additional motifs include floral margents on the top of the handles, two layers of chevron on the rectangular base, and a unique leaf form filled with flowers beneath a protrusion on the neck.
Our Delft quintal flower vase can still be used as a cut flower vase, but it can also be used as shown, simply as a decorative showpiece. It is the ideal size for a fireplace mantel or small side or center table.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor buildup to fingers, commensurate with age and use. Fleabites and light rubs.