Delft pottery

Delftware: Tradition in blue and white

From blue and white milk jugs and kitchen tiles to the little girl and boy poised for a kiss, these porcelain pieces are iconic symbols of the Netherlands.

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Blue and White Antique Delftware

Most delftware pieces were dishes needed for everyday living. Figures were made from about 17to 180 and are rare. Delftware, or Delft pottery, denotes blue and white pottery made in and around Delft in the Netherlands and the tin-glazed pottery made in the Netherlands from the 16th century.

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The Origins of Delftware

Delftware, or ‘Delft Blue’, is the world-famous earthenware that has been produced in the city of Delft since the 17th century. Between 16and 180 this earthenware was popular among rich families who would show off their Delft Blue collections to one another and at the height of its popularity, there were factories in the city of Delft alone, producing Delftware.Unfortunately, for many potters, Delft Blue went out of fashion, and one by one, they had to close their doors. The only one that has remained in operation since 16is de Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, known as Royal Delft, a company that continues to produce the Delft Blue pottery according to the traditional methods (Holland.com 2016).