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Delftware Highlights At The Winter Antique Show : Pair Of Polychrome Melon Tureen, Delft, Circa 1760

Delftware Highlights at the Winter Antique Show : Pair of Polychrome Melon Tureen, Delft, circa 1760

From the 20th to 29th of January, will be held the 63rd edition of the Winter Antiques Show in New York. The Winter Antiques Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America , featuring over 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts.

Before the fair begins, we would like to present every day one of the highlights that will be displayed on Aronson Antiquairs’ s booth. Today, we would like to present this magnificent pair of polychrome melon tureens.

The melons and stands each marked VH 3, one tureen and cover numbered 1 on the interior, the other tureen numbered 2 and the cover 14 on the interior, all in blue.

Each lobed oval tureen and cover striped in yellow and two shades of green, and the covers surmounted by a manganese looped-stem handle issuing three short stems of yellow-edged and blue-veined green leaves and two stems of yellow-centered iron-red and blue blossoms, the stands formed as similar green serrated leaves edged in yellow, veined in blue, affixed at one end with a green looped-stem handle and raised on three short peg feet.

Dimensions: 

Lengths of tureens: 11.7 and 12.1 cm. (45⁄8 and 43⁄4 in.); stands: 17.4 and 17.7 cm. (67⁄8 and 7 in.)

Provenance: 

Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, New York, 1989;
The collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mellon Scaife, “Wit’s End”, Pebble Beach, California

Note: 

Inspired by the french rococo style, the delft faience makers produced all sorts of trompe l’oeil pieces. Trompe l’oeil, or deceive the eye, was a technique used in both modelling and painting Delftware to captivate and fool the viewer. The extraordinary realism of the Delft table wares both puzzled and amused guests.

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