Small Vintage Hand-Painted Polychrome Delft Plate with Flower Design by Velsen
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8.75H x 8.75W x 1.75D
Petite yet pretty, this vintage hand-painted Polychrome Delft plate has a beautiful and colorful design of flowers and dates to the 1950s. Whether this is your first piece of Delftware, or you've lost count of your collection by now, you'll love the vibrant colors on this vintage Polychrome Delft plate by the famous Delft manufacturer, Velsen. Buy this one today and she'll make you happy!
The word ceramic originates from the ancient Greek word keramikos, meaning potter's clay. The practice of making ceramics has been in existence for nearly 30,000 years. Clay, the primary ingredient for any ceramic, is primarily made of aluminum silicate, which is a malleable soil from crumbling rocks. Ceramics can be grouped according to the type of clay used, the temperature at which the clay is fired, and the duration of the firing.
In overall good condition. Antique and vintage items by their very nature show normal wear to finish and miscellaneous scratches, nicks, and dings due to age and use. As we define 'good condition' relative to the stated age of the piece, we would expect to see 'character marks' consistent with that age and could include nicks or dings to a wooden, metal, enamel, or chalkware object, wear to a painted surface, speckling on a mirror, crazing, wear to gilding, or manufacturing glaze skips in ceramic finish, wear to a label, and some original decorative trim may be missing. If ceramic/porcelain restoration has been done, it is of museum-quality so that it is hardly discernible and would be specifically mentioned in the listing. 'Good condition' could include very small fleabite chips or very small hairline cracks in any glass, ceramic, or marble item, but these would be specifically mentioned in the listing.
Shows minimal wear to the finish due to age and use.
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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).
Polychrome Delft DELFTWARE
The European craze for blue and white Chinese export porcelain in the 17th century lead to the development of the Dutch East India Company, which imported millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain as well as other Chinese wares. In 1620, the death of Wan-Li (Ming Dynasty) interrupted the flow of goods to Europe. Dutch potters from the city of Delft quickly filled the gap in the market with their own production of blue and white ceramics that duplicated the look of Chinese export porcelain by using the tin-glazing technique learned from the Italians. The Delft potters were the first northerners to imitate the tin-glazed earthenware pottery of Italian majolica, or faience. Production of Delftware proliferated and by 1700 there were more than 30 factories in production of high-quality pieces in the city of Delft.
Delftware drew on Chinese designs for inspiration, but also developed European patterns. Decorative plates were made in abundance and featured native Dutch scenes with windmills and fishing boats, hunting scenes, landscapes, seascapes, and scenes of people in daily life. When Chinese exports re-entered the European market by 1685, they came back in color, especially in greens and pinks. This sparked the production of Polychrome Delft, which refers to the use of colors other than blue and white. Besides the popular cobalt blue on a white background, Delft potters had a full color range that consisted of yellow, orange, brown, green, purple, dark red, and black.
Despite the huge success of Delftware manufacturers, the market for Delftware eroded through the 18th century until eventually only one factory in Delft remained in existence. Joost Thooft bought the last remaining Delftware factory, De Porceleyne Fles, in 1876. Since that time, over one hundred potteries have come back into existence producing what is known as modern Delftware, which no longer uses the tin glazing method of majolica.
In the period from 1876 to 1940, many high-quality, beautiful pieces of Delftware were produced. The transfer printing process was also brought back at this time. After World War II, tourism began to play a larger role in the Dutch economy. More Delftware companies opened in the 1950s to 1970s, specializing in pieces made for the tourist trade. Delftware has been produced in Holland, Belgium, Germany, England, Japan, and the US, and is still in production today.
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- Width: 8.75 inches
- Height: 8.75 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 0.95 pound
- Used - Good. See description for more details.
- Polychrome Delft