Categories: CollectKeepsakes

Delft Pottery: The Dutch Version of Chinese Porcelain

Do you admire Chinese porcelain, but scared it will clash with your country cottage? The Asian pottery’s European cousin might be the answer to that empty fireplace mantel begging to be decorated. Delft pottery, also known as Delfts Blauw, is the Dutch successor of China’s iconic blue and white porcelain.

Instead of porcelain, Dutch Pottery was manufactured from earthenware clay.

A Treasure Brought from Overseas

Europe fell in love with the porcelain coming in from China when the Dutch East India Company began to import it. Dutch potters decided to mimic the pottery beginning in the 16th century, but swapped the porcelain material for a less expensive clay called earthenware.

A colorful version of Delftware was also produced that featured muffled reds, greens and yellows; the enamels were labeled polychrome Delft. The Delft Blue and Makkum earthenware were shaped into urns, decorative plates and vases that featured hand painted art. Instead of dragons, cranes and Chinese architecture, the Dutch painted florals, birds and Dutch scenery for a more European touch.

The counterpart to the famous blue and white pottery is Delfware that is made out of toned-down enamels known as polychrome Delft.

This new art form was not just limited to the classic plate. Tiles were particularly popular amid the spectrum of Delftware, and 400 factories in Holland produced Delftware tiles during the “golden age.” Now, only three factories—the Royal Delft, De Delftse Pauw and Royal Tichelaar Makkum—manufacture the pottery.

Finding Your Own Dutch Pottery

Beware of souvenir stores that sell pretty knockoffs of true antique Delftware. Check out the following  pointers to ensure you are buying an authentic piece of Dutch history:

Look for the underglaze marks. Factories hand painted these marks.

Don’t shy away from a few chips. A chip in a Delftware piece shows it is genuine.

Examine the design. An intricate and precise painting means that a real Dutch hand from long ago handled the pottery.

The stranger, the better. Hold on to it if you find a more peculiar piece like a tea canister, cow figure or cruet set. Unlike tiles, these pottery antiques are harder to find and therefore have a higher value.

Quirky pieces like this cow figurine are rare and valuable.

 

Save

Save

Romantic Homes

Share
Published by
Romantic Homes

Recent Posts

Dear Friends of Romantic Homes

Cottages and Bungalows Magazine and cottagesandbungalowsmag.com is the new home for the lovely look of…

3 years ago

Recipe: How to Make Apple Roses

Apple roses are fun fall treats that are just a beautiful to look at as…

4 years ago

6 Tips for Romantic Fall Farmhouse Table Decor

Gather together with friends and family for a lovely meal outdoors!

4 years ago

Rustic Elegance in a California Farmhouse

Rustic finishes and elegant accents combine effortlessly in Karen Snyder's California farmhouse.

4 years ago

The Faded Grandeur of Noble Hardee Mansion

Step inside this antique shop and explore the faded grandeur of Savannah's last unrestored mansion.

4 years ago

A Victorian Farmhouse with Original Style

Kelly Wilkniss of My Soulful Home brings her fresh perspective to an original Victorian farmhouse.

4 years ago