Wooden framed tableau of six blue tiles forming a traditional Dutch botter sailboat. Botters were invented around 1750 and were mainly used as 4-man fishing boats in the former Zuiderzee (South Sea), which is currently the Ijsselmeer. This tableau was hand-painted around 1950. The tiles and frame measure 30x42 cm. This piece is in very good condition and undamaged. The photographs are part of the description. “Delft” wall tiles have their origin in the second half of the sixteenth century, known as the early "Golden Age" of The Netherlands when Dutch science, trade, military and art became among the most acclaimed in the world.These popular tiles were often used to decorate fireplaces, kitchens or bathrooms since they could be easily cleaned. Hand-painted, they often depict everyday life of centuries ago, landscapes, animals, flowers, or have a biblical theme, and they are much sought after collector's items nowadays. They come in various sizes, but the two most common sizes are “five-thumb” and “six-thumb”, a thumb being about the width of a man’s thumb (about an inch).