A beautiful set of five blue and white Delft vases, this faience collection was hand-painted in Holland, circa 1900. The three bulbous vases are lidded, each with a finial depicting a rampant lion with a ball in its forepaws. Beneath the lion is a mottled background (on the front side only), with a foliate and floral margent. Each vase has the same scene painted on the front of the main body: a couple walking through a field surrounded by flowers. The opposite side has a floral rinceaux above a foliate branch. Painted in a similar fashion, the two concave vases are without lids. The side opposite from the cartouche of the couple has floral margents. All five vases have canted corners on the base.
Inspired by Italian majolica, the faience produced in 16th century Holland (now the Netherlands) were known for their beautifully hand-painted cobalt blue scenes on white backgrounds. The main production center was located in Delft and gave rise to the term delftware, which today describes most blue and white tin-glazed earthenware products. Our set of five Delft vases would make fantastic decorative accessories in just about any room of the house.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor losses to paint and fleabites. Light buildup, commensurate to age and use.