Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick
Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick
Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick
Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick
Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick
Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick
Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick
Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick

BRISTOL POTTERY DELFTWARE (worked c.1652-1795)

Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick

c. 1750 England

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A Blue and White Bristol Delft Flower Brick, made circa 1750. Flower bricks were most likely made to hold dried flowers as it seems it would have been too difficult to clean the inside of any flower debris.
Each long side of the brick is hand-painted with soft cobalt blue showing a delicate chinoiserie scene with a temple, rocks and trees. The top of this brick is perforated with eleven small holes on each side of a larger central round hole. The skirt is cut away at the sides to form a bracket shape. It is also cut away at each end to form an arch. The brick will look good both with and without flowers, it also allows for a nice arrangement with fewer flowers. For an example of this form with a very similar design in polychrome colors see: English Delftware in the Bristol Collection by Frank Britton page 105.
The origins of Delft are found in the Middle East. Tin ash was used to create a white glaze for pottery as early as the 9th century in Mesopotamia. The use of this white glaze over a dark or buff colored pottery body created a "canvas" on which painters could display brilliant colors which did not show up well on the dark bodies of the earlier pottery.
In the Middle ages potters took the technique to Spain and Italy. In the third quarter of the 16th century the technique spread to Holland and England. The city of Delft became the premiere center for this type of pottery which today is known as "Delft".
Our shop, Bardith Ltd., is located at 135 E 79th Street, New York, New York. In the shop we have a large collection of English Delft vases, pairs and single dishes. Many of the pieces are not shown on the website. 
We use USPS Fully Insured. Shipping this flower brick to England is not expensive. Contact us for
a shipping quote.
Good: The top of the brick has an area where the glaze is missing (see images).There is invisible restoration to small chips on the edges.
Dimensions
Height 3.50 inch (8.89 cm)
Width 6.50 inch (16.51 cm)
Depth 2.50 inch (6.35 cm)
Medium
Delftware
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