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D1982. Set of Two Small Turquoise Ground Plates


Delft, circa 1775

Fully covered in a turquoise glaze and decorated in yellow and green, painted in the center with a chinoiserie-style landscape of mountains and flowers, the scalloped rim with budding floral sprigs.

Diameter: 16.5 cm. (6.5 in.)

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By the end of the 17th century, many potters reached such a mastery of skill and perfection that they began experimenting with new forms and techniques. One ingenious result of this experimentation was the creation of colored background pieces. From 1765, the fashion for Delftware painted with grand feu colors reappeared. The development of the petit feu palette and its success pushed the Delft potters to improve the grand feu palette, of which the colors became more intense, with new tones and shades. The transparent turquoise glaze was amongst the new colors, which has a luminosity comparable to glass, and evokes the Seldjoukide ceramics from 13th-century Iran. Turquoise-ground plates, painted after French faience examples from St. Omer and Nevers, and usually decorated with chinoiserie motifs, such as flowers or landscape, are quite scarce in Dutch Delftware. Examples with figural landscapes are in the Evenepoël Collection at the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Brussels, inv. 535, illustrated by Fourest 1980, pp. 142-143; and a floral-decorated plate is illustrated by Lahaussois 1998, pp. 56-57, no.205.

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