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Handpainted 15¾" Delft Wall Plate Porceleyne Fles #SOLD#

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1.60 KGS
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Product Description

It is my pleasure to offer you this pristine Royal Delft Wall Plate produced by De Porceleyne Fles in Delft.

De Porceleyne Fles was founded in 1653 however it got famous when Joost Thooft took over this small factory at Delft in 1876. At 32 years old Joost Thooft inherited the money to buy The Porceleyne Fles from his wealthy wife Sophie Held. She died very young of cholera in 1874. Joost then returned from Frankfurt in Germany to Rotterdam where he was born. He developed a passion for collecting old delftware and a deep interest in the technique of manufacturing it. After he bought "his factory" he showed an insatiable hunger for knowledge about "his" product and followed free courses at the (later) Technical University in Delft where Adolf Le Comte was his teacher. Le Comte had a great influence in the plans to bring new life into the old and glorious tradition of the factory.

This huge handpainted wallplate shows the beauty of his inheritance.

Fully marked on the bottom with the 1917, the Royal Delft Logo, The stylized JT of Joost Thooft and the master painters initials VA (intertwined) what stands for Th. van Arum who worked during 55 years for De Porceleyne Fles from 1890 - 1945).

Lit. refs:
(a) "De Porceleyne Fles, de Wedergeboorte van een Delftse Aardewerkfabriek" by Bogaers, Gaillard en Ten Horn-Van Nispen (1986),
(b) "Royal Delft, a guide to De Porceleyne Fles" by Rick Erickson (2003) and
(c) "1653-2003 From Pottery to Royal Delft" by Jessica van Erkel & Arnold de Koster (2003).

The Porceleijne Fles is still operational and with the renewed interest in Delft Blue it is very much alive. Nowadays (new) list price indication of this item would be over US$900.

AGE: 1917

DIMENSIONS: Diameter is 16 inches.

CONDITION: EXCELLENT. This plate is in PERFECT condition. No cracks, chips, flakes or any other flaws. A real treasure for any TOP QUALITY HANDPAINTED DELFT Collection.

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