Sunday, April 3, 2016

Delft Blue

The Royal Delftware Store in Delft, The Netherlands (Original Photograph from Archives)
Whether dishes, tiles, or other pieces, there is something inviting about Delft Blue.
“In the early 1600s, the Dutch became acquainted with porcelain from China. It became so popular that local potters had to do something to save their trade - so they imitated the porcelain and created Delftware. Asian scenes gave way to Dutch imagery, and a national icon was born... Delftware painters paint the traditional decorations on the porcelain items entirely by hand.” 
- Delftware: Tradition in blue and white <http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/what-to-do/shopping/typically-dutch/delftware-pottery>
Delft Blue pottery that has been produced in the city of Delft since the 17th century.
“Delft Blue was not made from the typical porcelain clay, but from clay that was coated with a tin glaze after it was fired. In spite of this, Delft Blue achieved unrivalled popularity, and at its peak, there were 33 factories in Delft. Of all of these factories, the only one remaining today is De Porceleyne Fles.”
- Delft Blue <http://www.holland.com/global/tourism/interests/traditional/delft-blue.htm>
Made in 2006 by Royal Delft, the only remaining factory in Delft

Also from Royal Delft

English delftware, c. 1760


Chargers- made in Maastricht, Holland, the city where Petrus Regout established the De Sphinx pottery in 1836


Out and About in Delft, Netherlands

“Of course, true Delftware comes only from the city of Delft. Between 1600 and 1800 Delft was one of the most important ceramic production centres in Europe. Delftware products have been an important export product from the Netherlands for 400 years and Delftware is still well known around the world. The 17th-century Royal Delft Factory (Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles) and De Delftse Pauw are the only original Delftware ceramic producers still in operation.”
- Delftware: Tradition in blue and white <http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/what-to-do/shopping/typically-dutch/delftware-pottery>
Original Photographs from Archives