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Emulating Elegance: Delftware's Homage to Chinese Porcelain

The art of pottery has been a form of cultural expression and technical prowess for centuries, with various civilisations contributing unique styles and techniques. Among these, the Dutch Delftware stands out as a remarkable example of cultural emulation and respect for the artistry of Chinese porcelain.

In the early 17th century, Europe was introduced to Chinese porcelain, and it quickly became a coveted item among the affluent. The Dutch, famous for their entrepreneurial spirit and artistry, were particularly taken with the exquisite Kangxi porcelain. The allure was not just its technical and aesthetic beauty but also the mystique of its faraway origins and the mastery of its craft. In an era when the global exchange was burgeoning, Chinese porcelain represented both luxury and the cosmopolitan connectivity of the Dutch.

The Dutch Delft potters, recognising the demand for these precious wares, began to create their own interpretations. They sought to capture the delicate balance of form and decoration that made Chinese porcelain so revered. The present pair of Delft Blue and White vases is an homage to Kangxi porcelain and exemplifies this pursuit. These potters did not merely copy; they assimilated the Chinese motifs into their own artistic vocabulary, creating pieces that bridged Eastern elegance with Western sensibility.

The specific pair of vases in question, dating back to the early 19th century, are a testament to this tradition. They are expertly adorned with four reserves that feature floral borders and alternating panels, a motif characteristic of the Kangxi style. The depiction of vases within these panels, overflowing with an abundance of flowers, is a direct nod to the Chinese artistic emphasis on nature and harmony.

In terms of dimensions, these vases stand tall at 40.5 cm with a generous main diameter of 33 cm, and a well-proportioned base diameter of 19 cm. These dimensions are not arbitrary; they are carefully crafted to provide presence and status in substantial interiors, indicative of the large scale preferred in Kangxi porcelain. The size allows for a significant visual presence, while the base diameter ensures stability, a practical concern for pieces intended to be both decorative and functional.

Note regarding wiring:

We postpone wiring for use in the UK, US, EU, and other regions once we know the final destination. We do not drill vases. The shades are for reference only.

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Pair of Blue and White Delft Vases as Table Lamps

Stock Number: 27730

This pair of early 19th-century Dutch Delft Blue and White vases (18 x 13 inches), transformed into elegant lamps, perfectly marries historical craftsmanship with contemporary function. Adorned with traditional Kangxi-inspired designs, featuring intricate floral patterns in classic blue on white and white on blue, these vases are mounted to suit the modern interior while paying homage to their rich heritage.

Please note, the lamp shades are for reference only.
  • Height: 46 cm (18 inches)
  • Diameter: 33 cm (13 inches)
  • Diameter of base : 19 cm (7.5 inches)

£15,000

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  • Height: 46 cm (18 inches)
  • Diameter: 33 cm (13 inches)
  • Diameter of base : 19 cm (7.5 inches)

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