These are nine Delft ceramic wall tiles, all with a blue and white hand painted flower pattern, made in the Netherlands during the 18th century, circa 1750.
Each tile is nominally 5 inches square..
All nine tiles are unique, being individually hand painted with similar but different patterns featuring a stylised flower pattern with a flying insect or butterfly. They are all enamelled in cobalt blue, using different shades of blue, which varies slightly from tile to tile as expected:- please see the images.
These are a very good set and it is hard to find a matching set of Nine Tiles of this age and condition.
Notes: On Delft Tiles
In the second half of the 17th century, the city of Delft became the centre of production for high-quality tin glazed earthenware. The earthenware industry disappeared from most Dutch cities, though tile factories managed to survive in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Utrecht. Tile and plate production continued in the northern province of Friesland, more specifically in the towns of Harlingen and Makkum.
Internal Ref: P 1824
Height = 12.7 cm (5.0")
Width = 12.7 cm (5.0")
Depth = 7.7 cm (3.0")
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