Delft blue and white plate, c.1760, decorated to the central roundel with a scene in the chinoiserie style depicting a lone figure fishing on a jetty beside a strange bulbous structure, underneath a hanging willow issuing from a rocky cliff face, the rim with a narrow band of leaves.
Diameter: 30cm. (11 13/16in.)
Small chips and frits to rim
Delftware (tin-glazed earthenware) was produced in England and The Netherlands, and chinoiserie designs were common. At a time when exported Chinese and continental ceramics remained incredibly expensive and before porcelain technology had been perfected, Delftware offered a cheaper alternative for the section of society who could not afford Asian export porcelain but wanted to participate in the fashion for ‘the exotic’.