These local treasures have recently caught our expert's attention
Delftware pieces add a unique and historical feel to any space. With notes of blue and white, the tin-glazed pottery includes objects ranging from plates, tiles, ornaments and even chandeliers like shown here.
1 Display Piece
Dutch still-life paintings from the 17th and early-18th centuries often depicted grapes, cheeses, and assorted sweets, typically served on a shallow dish such as this one (6½" diam.). $1,400 for a set of three, L’Antiquaire & the Connoisseur, 36 E. 73rd St., NYC, 212-517-9176, lantiquaire.us.
2 Luminous Light
A versatile decorative motif, Delftware pieces adorn the central dome and candle arms on this circa-1880 seven-light bronze chandelier (65" high, 52" wide), now wired for use. $22,000, David Duncan, 247 E. 60th St., NYC, 212-688-0666, davidduncanantiques.com.
3 Jarring Discovery
Like all true Delftware, these 19th-century Dutch floral jars are made of tin-glazed pottery. Each (23" high, 12½" diam.) is topped with a lid whose handle resembles a dog with uncannily human facial features. $7,800 for the pair, Niall Smith, 306 E. 61st St., NYC, 212-750-3985, email@example.com.
4 Changed-Up Charger
The Dutch invented and perfected Delftware, but the English (and Irish) adopted the craft in the 18th century, often employing a polychrome palette in addition to blue and white, such as with this festive, circa-1760 English charger (14" diam.). $2,900, Yew Tree House, 414 E. 71st St., NYC, 212-249-6612, firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Planter’s Punch
The staircases, hallways, and foyers of many a Dutch house in the 18th century were adorned with blue-and-white Delft tiles. These ten nautical-themed period tiles now decorate a 20th-century brass jardinière (8" high x 6" deep x 21" wide). $2,500, Bardith, 901 Madison Ave., NYC, 212-737-3775, bardith.com.