Saturday, July 31, 2010

English Delft part 2

The last post covered some of the issues with English Delftware that I do not like. So here I would like to discuss some of the aspects that I prefer in the style. One problem is finding images to help illustrate my thoughts. Toronto's Gardiner museum has a limited selection available online. The Museum of London in England has a wider range of images online (I posted some images here), many of the tiles
were produced in the Netherlands. In my opinion the best tin glazed work produced in were there large plates or chargers. Here is a Charger with William III and a charger with Adam and Eve from the Gardiner Museum.

The polychrome chargers have more depth and vitality. The energy provided by the colours accentuates the lively approach taken in the drawing on the plates. Here is a link to a tile on the Museum of London website that has the same graphic linear quality of the William III charger but painted with cobalt alone cobalt. English Delft Tile The tiles offer a wider range of subject matter. They often represent scenes from daily life and landscapes. There is an unique perspective on landscape painting found in English delftware that is not often found elsewhere at the time. The last image of the dish in my last post is a good example of this. If any one can find examples please feel free to share them.

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