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18th Century Delftware Chinoiserie Charger

18th Century Delftware Chinoiserie Charger


Dutch tin-glazed earthenware charger, circa 1750.


Dimensions: Approximately 12” diameter.



The design covers the entire charger.


The charger is decorated in a naïve cobalt blue hand-painted imaginary of a Chinese scene of a boy fishing in a river.


On both riverbanks adults look on. On the left bank, a man in a large hat stands under a parasol held by a child. On the right, two women appear to be in conversation.


Various trees and plants overhang the river, and there appear to be kites in the sky.


The reverse bears an unidentified maker’s mark that is similar to the marks used by the De Klaauw factory and has a pierced hole in the footrim.


This design is copied from a late 17th century or early 18th century Japanese export porcelain design that is illustrated and discussed in Jorg, “Fine and Curious, Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections” at p. 143.


While the term “charger” is often generically used to describe a large plate, with respect to Delftware the term refers to a large plate with one or more holes pierced through the foot rim to accept a wire or leather string. These pieces served dual purposes; they were used both as serving dishes for food and as decorative pieces to be hung on a wall.


Condition: Hairline, rim chip, and glaze fleabites and frits typical of antique tin-glazed earthenware. Otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.

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