Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean
Ceramics & Works of Art
Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean Ceramics & Works
Near pair of Dutch Delft blue and white 'Peacock' chargers, 18th century, with ochre rims, the centres decorated in cobalt oxide with urns containing an arrangement of peacock feathers and flowers, the rims with stylised flower heads against a scrolling ground, an underglaze blue axe on the base of one and the other with a mark possibly of De Porceleyne Claeuw with the figures 7 (or 2) 50.
Diameter: 31 cm. (12 3/16in.)
Both have fritting and slight wear to the brown rim and one has a shallow chip to rim
Marks on Dutch Delft
The 'peacock pattern' was a popular design in the Netherlands throughout the eighteenth century. Though its development is certainly linked to the popularity of designs associated with the luxury and exoticism of 'the Orient', the combination of peacocks, urns and scrolling vines may have originated in early Byzantine funerary iconography. Such designs can be found on sarcophagi and floor mosaics in Ravenna dating from the 4th century onwards.
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