Dutch Delft Tobacco Jar

The tobacconist's shop would have contained a series of jars such as this in the 18h century, many labeled for the origin or blend of tobacco it contained. This example is a good mid-18th century Dutch delft tobacco jar with an unusual smoking Indian cartouche labeled for the tips of Cuban tobacco.

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Large English Delft Baluster Jar and Cover

This handsomely shaped baluster jar with Manganese power ground and reserves edged in blue bearing a floral spray has a lid with an acorn finial. It is English and has presence, as it is of a wonderful large size. Though relatively little delft was produced for purely decorative purposes, we can assume that this jar, with its large proportions, and punchy decoration might well have been given pride of place in a well to do household of the period.

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English Delft Drug Jar

The well-fitted apothecary shop of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries might have contained a large set of beautifully decorated jars in varying forms. This rare late 17th century example, with a particularly elaborate cartouche incorporating the figure of Apollo on a winged cherub, is flanked by angels holding shields bearing crossed keys, all symbols of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. The lower section of the cartouche contains a satyrs head below which is a mortar and pestle within a laurel wreath. The iconography of the crossed keys combined with Apollo indicates a London origin, but to the best of our knowledge the cartouche is previously unrecorded.

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An Irish delft Platter

A mid 18th century Irish delft platter. The Fenced Garden design on this platter is clearly influenced by the Chinese style, but it is the particular use of the dark blue, broadly painted lines and leaves and the exceptionally large size and somewhat heavy potting that lead us to an Irish attribution. A similar example can be found in the catalog of the Castletown exhibition of Irish delftware.

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Delft Jug

A superb late 17th century German tin glazed silver mounted Enghalskrug jug or ewer decorated with tavern scenes in reserves against a flower strewn robins egg ground.

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Delft Garniture

A Dutch delft mid 18th century Dore garniture set made to imitate Chinese Imari. Over most of the period of delftware production in Holland, the potteries made some almost exact copies of Chinese ceramics. This started out to fill the void when the Chinese closed their ports to trade with the West but continued long after that with examples like this garniture set.

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Delft Charger

A fine scarce English delft blue dash equestrian charger probably of London origin. This figure is probably General Monk rather than a monarch owing to the lack of a crown, although occasionally royal portraits are presented in armor. The manner of painting the trees and foreground is typical of the 1680's.

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