Mark: PK, period of Pieter Kam (1700-1705) or his widow Van der Kloot-Kam (1705-1716)
The octagonal three-piece garniture consists of a covered baluster vase and two garlic-head vases.
They stand on a high-waisted foot. The garniture is painted in blue with floral motifs and ornaments. Around the body of the vases is a lively decor of flowers, bordered on the shoulder by a band of stylised leaves and ornaments under a white band. In the floral decor is a leaf-shaped element with a bird, which can be interpreted as a monogram VD or DV. The floral decoration is also applied to the cover of the baluster vase and both necks of the garlic-head vases. On the straight neck of the baluster vase and on the outside of the two trumpet-shaped mouths of the garlic-head vases are branch-like curly ornaments. The feet of the vases are alternately decorated with four large and four small palmettes and flowers with scroll ornaments. The palmettes are filled with floral motifs.
Dimensions: height covered jar 63 cm / 25.59 in., height bottle vases 49,5 cm / 19.48 in.
Provenance: from the property of Aachen art and antiques dealer Wilhelm Krott (1903-1986).
In the second half of the seventeenth century the custom arose of placing vases, bowls and other types of porcelain or Dutch delftware on top of cupboards and above fireplaces. The garniture developed from this practice: a coherent set of covered jars, beaker vases and in some cases bottle vases, with the same decoration. It is a typically Dutch phenomenon that was also followed abroad, for example in Dantzig (now Gdansk) on the Baltic Sea. The first garnitures were made in the 1690s (Eliëns, p. 144). They remained popular during the entire eighteenth century: garnitures belonged to the standard repertoire of nearly every Delftware pottery. The tallest and largest garnitures were made between about 1690 and 1720.
Exuberant floral decorations whereby the motifs are distributed equally over the surface, became hugely popular at the end of the seventeenth century. They are applied on a wide range of Delftware objects and are known as millefleur or parsley decorations. The latter name is derived from the triangular leaves which are quite similar to parsley leaves. After about 1725 these decorations became old-fashioned.
T.M. Eliëns (ed.), Delfts aardewerk. Geschiedenis van een nationaal product, deel II, Zwolle/The Hague 2001
J. Jongstra, ‘Delfts blauw: van imitatie tot wereldmerk’, in: K. Gaillard (ed.), Made in Holland. Het wereldsucces van Nederlandse keramiek. The global success of Dutch ceramics, Zwolle/Leeuwarden 2018, 127-1
E. Kilarska, Fajanse z Delft w dawnym Gdańsku, Gdańsk 2003