Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Delft D - Delft Blue

Delft Blue is the world-famous earthenware that has been produced in the city of Delft since the 17th century. Between 1600 and 1800, this earthenware was popular among rich families who would show off their Delft Blue collections to one another. Although the Delftware potters preferred to call their earthenware “porcelain”, it was only a cheaper version of the real Chinese porcelain. 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 Royal Delft.

Photo: Royal Delft
The Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory "De Porceleyne Fles”, established in 1653, is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century, still producing entirely handmade Delftware. This Delft invention, whereby blue is applied in a myriad of nuances, dates back to the 17th century. The Delft Blue patterns are inspired by Chinese porcelain. Besides the Original Delft Blue Royal Delft produces hand painted multi coloured delftware, modern earthenware and even extraordinary tile paintings.

The factory annex museum is not so easy to find as it's a bit off city centre, and it looks from the outside not very inviting. Still, the museum has a wonderful collection of Delft Blue. (And if you are there at tea time, don't miss out on a fabulous high tea.   People from all over the world comes to visit the Royal Delft collection.

8 comments:

  1. I have seen some, it is beautiful....hugs abby

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    1. It's a question of taste I think.
      I'm glad you liked it.

      Han

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  2. My great grandmother had a few pieces and she passed them down to my mom. They were supposed to come to me but were lost when the tornado took out my mom's home back in 2008. They were beautiful pieces and I would love to tour the museum.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. Such a pity it's all gone and now it's nothing more than a memory. But then again, memories can be so valuable as well.

      Han

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  3. Before you began these posts, this was all I knew about Delft. Thank you for the lessons.

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    1. Big Smile, you are quite welcome, Leigh. All knowledge is worth remembering.

      Han

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  4. Oh, How I want see that museum!!
    I would live it!!!
    Thank you Han for sharing.

    Mona Lisa

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    1. You would probably like it Mona Lisa, it's very beautiful inside. If you are one day in the Netherlands I'd love to show you around..

      Han

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