Vintage German Windmill Delftware 30cm 12 Inch Plate
If you like blue and white pottery or Delft, then you will just love this Vintage German Windmill Delftware 30cm 12 Inch Plate!
The transfer printed scene is beautiful! It depicts windmills, sail boats, and people in National Dutch Dress. The scene is in the style of the Andreas Schelfhout Windmill paintings.
It is in good condition, with superficial scratches and scuffs on the surface and edges of the plate commensurate with age and use. There is also some crazing but no cracks or restoration. The charger is not defect free but the bubbles and other manufacturing defects have been present since the plate was first fired. It has two holes in the base rim to allow the plate to be wall hung.
The plate is not back marked but the style of the charger is similar to others from the 1950s that were made in Germany.
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Some Trivia For You
Chinese Blue and White pottery gained popularity in the 17th Century and led to the formation of the Dutch East India Company to oversee export. When export was interrupted in 1620, Dutch potters, based in Delft, Netherlands, started production of their own version of the blue and white Chinese porcelain using the tin-glazing technique perfected by the Italian Majolica or faience (tin-glazing) potteries.
The Dutch Delft pottery also proved very popular and the number of manufacturers proliferated. They produced pottery depicting not only Chinese scenes but images from European and Dutch native scenes. Their pottery became known as Delftware. By the end of the 16th century, they also introduced colours other than blue and white, which is known as polychrome delft . The colours included, yellow, orange, brown, green, purple, dark red, and black.
The market remained steady until the 18th century when demand rapidly declined. However, Delft sales revived at the end of the 19th Century (1876). The manufacturing process also moved from tin-glazing to transfer printing. After WWII, tourism boomed and Delft made very popular tourist ware. The number of factories proliferated and Delft is now made in Holland, Belgium, Germany, UK, Japan, and the US.