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Handpainted 16" PLATE PORCELEYNE FLES n/Blommers #SOLD#

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It is my pleasure to offer you this magnificent painting produced by The Royal 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. He produced traditional blue on white Delft ware and tile tableaus but with a new technique.

The painters of Royal Delft are trained in the factory starting off with simple designs in blue/white on the smaller pieces. A painter first has to learn how to paint the little flowers and leaves that so characteristically adorn Delftware vases and the borders of Delftware plates. The painters then gradually progress to larger pieces with more complicated designs. Only the master painters, who have trained at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague paint the elaborate landscape and Dutch masters pieces.

As early as 1878 and 1879 contemporary Dutch artists entered into agreement with the Porceleyne Fles to allow their paintings to be copied. Landscapes were introduced to production, soon followed by genre paintings. Josef Israëls, Johannes Bosboom, Frederik Jacob van Rossum du Chattel, Anton Mauve, Otto Eerelmann, and Hendrik Willem Mesdag (all members of the artist's society "Pulchry Studio" in The Hague) played an important role. Contacts were easy because Adolf Lecomte, the artistic leader of The Porceleyne Fles was the brother in law of Anton Mauve.

About 40 artists collaborated and many times the original artist painted the ceramic as a first example> Several paintings were made originally for The Porceleyne Fles. Since there was no copyright law at that time (introduced in 1912) other ceramic factories (Boch, Regout) profiteered from this lack of legal protection.

This is such a highly professional painting by Bernhard Blommers (1845-1914). He was a pupil of Jozef Israëls and Jacob Maris and mainly painted scenes of the fishermen's life and beachviews. His earlier works, mostly with children, were very detailed and his own children modelled for it. He painted part of the Panorama Mesdag, the famous 360 degrees panorama by Hendrik Willem Mesdag and one of the attractions of nowadays The Hague.

Fully marked on the bottom with the yearmark CS (=1973), the Royal Delft Logo, The stylized JT of Joost Thooft and the master painters initials MvA (= Mr. M.H. van Aalst who worked at De Porceleyne Fles from 1941-1983!!).

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 list price indication of such an item would be over US$2500.

AGE: 1973

DIMENSIONS: Diameter is 16.5 inches (= 42 cm).

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

The white spots on some pictures are the reflection of my photo lights.

All items are guaranteed to be AUTHENTIC and in the state as described above, consistent with age and use.

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