Delft Pottery Marks And History And Information
Delftware was made as early as the 16th century.
By Sharon Stajda,
Old Delftware , was made as early as the 16th century. It was originally a low-fired earthenware that was coated in a very thin opaque tin glaze with painted on blue or polychrome design. It was in the last half of the 19th century that Delftware became commonly referred to as Delft. It acquired its name from the Dutch village of the same name, where it was being widely produced.
Germany, England, and France potters also produced Delft, which can be distinguished not only by the difference in shape and design, but the fineness of the porcelain piece. In the early 18 century , the German potter Bottger, developed a formula for fine porcelain, at the same time England, Wedgwood began producing Creamware . Both more durable than the Dutch Delftware. Unable to compete with the German, French, and English potters, one by one the Dutch companies closed their doors...Only one remained, in 1876 De Porceleyne Fles reintroduced Delftware. Which was made of a hard white bodied porcelain, decorated with designs such as windmills, the Dutch countryside or Dutch children. This manufacture is the most well known of several manufactures that operate today. Their wares are now produced under the well known name,"Royal Delft".Love Antiques? Visit The Online Encyclopedia Of Antiques - At Old And Sold.You will be pleasantly surprised at the A - Z information listed on Antiques. Please visit Old And Sold Antique Auction And Reference website. www.oldandsold.co
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History Delft Pottery
"The history of ceramic art in Holland is mainly centred in the small town of Delft, which lies about nine miles to the north-west of Rotterdam, the first seaport of that country, from which canals extend in all directions. We can assume that in Holland,"
Delft - The Old Signs Of The Potters...
"To two Frenchmen, MM. Jacquemart and Harvard, we owe most of the knowledge we have with regard to the artists of Delft who made the reputation of its faience, and with regard to the marks of the owners of the factories which are often found upon it, as well as the signs of those factories whose initials, in Dutch, are also found as marks: thus MP, joined in a monogram, is the sign of the " Metal Pot," founded in 1631 by P. J. Van Kessel, who was succeeded in 1655 by J. P. Van Kessel. In 1678 Lambertus Clefiius found the secret of imitating the Indian porcelain.
"Famous among the potters of the world are those of the Low Countries: their industry, thrift and wonderful productiveness won for Delft, in England, the cognomen of "Parent of Pottery."
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