Delft Porcelain Vases
12.5" x 6"
The tradition of blue and white porcelain – as is seen in these trumpet vases – originated in the 17th century, when Dutch seamen and tradespeople brought in blue and white porcelain from China. Delft rapidly became a primary centre of production in the Netherlands, creating both reproductions of Chinese patterns and pottery shapes, and its own unique interpretations. As is typical of the Dutch faience, the interior of the trumpet vases features a blue underglaze which can be seen through a semi-opaque white glaze. The exteriors of the vases are adorned with floral and abstract motifs, painted in various hues of royal blue on a creamy white background. Central to the motif are a series of cartouches, featuring individual flowers framed by delicate scrolls. At the base of the vases, a maker’s mark can be seen, which reads “Made for Royal Sphinx, Holland, by Boch Belgium”, framed by more abstract and floral motifs and the inscription “Delfts”. The Boch family of the Netherlands have been involved in the porcelain business since the 18th century and over the years, the family business has taken on many names. “Royal Boch” was formed in 1841; however, the inclusion of “Royal Sphinx” on the maker’s mark suggests these vases were made between 1991 and 1998, as “Royal Sphinx” did not exist prior to 1991 and merged with another Netherlandish group in 1998. These lovely vases are excellent examples of Dutch cultural history and are sure to complement any bouquet of flowers.
At this time in the Netherlands, an earthquake occurred near the town of Roermond on April 13, 1992, at around 3:20 AM. The quake was recorded at a magnitude of 5.3, and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). It was the strongest recorded earthquake in Northwestern European history, and could be felt as far away as France and Germany. Destruction was minimal, and mainly affected poorly built public buildings. Many injuries and potential casualties were avoided because the earthquake occurred when most people were asleep.