This pair of large blue and white Delft wall plaques were hand painted in the Netherlands in the 1800’s. Delftware is a type of faience, or tin-glazed pottery, known worldwide for its patented blue and white color scheme (called “cobalt oxide”). This style of pottery originated around 1600 and by 1640, Delftware was exported to most European countries.
Our two plaques are roughly ovate-shaped, with undulating edges along the sides. The larger of the two plaques depicts an oared boat passing beneath a bridge as someone walks above. A second bridge can be seen in the background as a woman is doing laundry on the right bank. On the opposite side of the river, a woman is walking in front of a steepled building whose property is lined with trees. The bottom of the plaque has a medallion of flowers, roundels, and curled leaves.
The smaller plaque has been painted with a similar theme of a large waterfront. A man is half-hidden amongst some reeds as he fishes the body of water. A plied boat with a passenger passes in front of the fisherman, headed towards a dock on the right bank. The shore is lined with grass and buildings, including another steepled building. A large sailboat drifts near the lone tree on the shore. Another rowed boat can be seen in the background, while houses and a windmill can be seen even further in the distance. The cartouche at the bottom consists of flowers and curled leaves surrounding a linear border.
Both large 19th century Delft wall plaques have been wired for easy hanging and would look great in a bathroom or bedroom. These types of plaques were also produced in full polychrome, but the bight blue and white coloration is usually more sought after due to its versatility. The plaques could also be placed on stands and displayed on a console or buffet.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor nicks and chips to paint. Light craquelure to some parts of each plaque, while the smaller plaque has buildup and fleabites. Both plaques have been professionally touched up.