Small Vintage Hand-Painted Blue & White Delft Plate with Bird & Flowers, Velsen
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This feminine vintage Blue Delft plate has a delicate scallop-shaped edge and a beautiful hand-painted design that features a whimsical bird surrounded by blooming flowers. Dating to the 1950s and signed by the renowned Delftware manufacturer, Velsen, this small yet pretty vintage Blue Delft plate will look wonderful in your collection!
Kunstaardewerkfabriek Velsen (1920 – 2002)
In a city called Velsen, just outside Haarlem, an art pottery factory (Kunstaardewerkfabriek) was founded in 1920. At first the factory was called the Kennemer Pottenbakkerij, but the name was changed to Velsen in 1936 after the company went through bankruptcy. In 1942, two former Zuid-Holland painters, Leendert Hendrikus de Vrind and Johannes Gerardus van Vliet, bought Velsen and moved it to Sassenheim, between Haarlem and Leiden.
Velsen is recognized for production of good quality hand-painted Delftware, both in blue & white and polychrome. Velsen’s polychrome has the largest palette of colors in the business, including light and dark blue, light and dark green, olive-green, brownish purple, yellow, yellow-orange, and brick-red, as well as blue, brown or black accents. Velsen primarily made decorative pottery such as plates and vases, but also made tiles. The Velsen mark, which is the intertwined letters VLS, was hand-painted until a printed mark began to be used in the mid- to late-1980s. In 1995, a former De Porceleyne Fles employee, Wim van Baarle, bought Velsen and produced decaled Delftware. Velsen ceased operations in 2002.
Reference: Van Hook, Stephen J., Discovering Dutch Delftware: Modern Delft and Makkum Pottery (Alexandria, VA: Glen Park Press, 1998).
Overall Condition is Used - Good. Shows minimal wear to the finish due to age and use.
Overall measurements (inches)
8H x 8W x 1.50D .
Dates to circa
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- Width: 8 inches
- Height: 8 inches
- Depth: 1.5 inches
- Weight: 0.7 pound
- Used - Good. See description for more details.