D1918. Polychrome and Gilded Flower Vase
Delft, circa 1710
Marked R in blue for De Roos (The Rose) factory within four four-dot clusters and three concentric lines
The flattened cartouche-shaped body painted in the Japanese Imari palette of blue, iron-red and gold with a lush bouquet of tulips, carnations and other flowers and foliage in a baluster-shaped vase above floral scroll motifs and beneath a ruyi-head and floral scroll devices, the top issuing a larger central spout and four flanking spouts painted with floral scroll devices, the sides affixed with S-scroll handles decorated with a leaf and floral scroll device, and the blue knopped ankle above the rectangular foot with four large ruyi-heads enclosing floral scrollwork.
21.3 cm. (8.4 in.)
This flower vase is decorated in the Imari palette, inspired by the Japanese porcelain wares that reached the Netherlands with the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The Japanese porcelain, which is known for its rich blue, red and gold decoration was at first intended for the company’s own use in Batavia or for trade in Asia and, lastly, for the home market. Based on its limited importation and high cost in comparison to Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain could only satisfy a small demand in the Netherlands. However, Imari porcelain was exceptionally popular in the Netherlands throughout the whole eighteenth century. Delftware potters seized the opportunity to capture this sector of the market with the wares inspired by the popular Japanese objects. Soon after the first pieces of Japanese Imari porcelain arrived in the Republic, the colorful Delftware objects were produced. The Imari porcelain was an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the Delft potters. The Imari-style palette briefly adorned all sorts of utensils that responded to the latest fashion in dining objects and interior decoration. Although the colors were directly inspired by the Japanese wares, the forms and decorations were taken from European, mostly Dutch, objects, such as this flower vase. Also, the decoration on this flower vase is mainly European with a lush bouquet in a vase.
- Central spout original but restuck, some minor chips to extremities repaired