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Delft Pottery Marks And History And Information

Updated on April 27, 2017

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.


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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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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Interesting topic! !You deserve the LOTD!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a small candle holder that has a mark with which I am not familiar. It is three circles one inside another with lettering on the outside circle stating Delft blue hand painted designed by CTS and below the circles is the name Holland. Can anyone help to identify this?

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      surabhinafdey 4 years ago

      i love pottery art...this is great stuff.... :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi. I have a delft 'mug' well its bigger than a cup. It is marked with a symbol of a horizontal line with three line coming out of it and 832 below it. Anybody know about it? Thanks

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Great lens, great work! thumbs up

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      OCrealestate 5 years ago

      It amazes me how some of these things are in such great condition!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love Delfware! My grandfather was a potter, a real artisan. He worked for Weller pottery, and helped to develop some of their glazes. He also made pottery on his own, and my favorite piece of his is a beautiful Delft-style style vase. I enjoyed this lens--well done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love delft.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this is the first informative sight i've found that didn't cost anything. thank you soooooo much!

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      WorldTravelers916 9 years ago

      the art on this pottery is amazing!


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      Keaka77 9 years ago

      Thanks you so much for posting this. I found a vase on here that i have been looking for. Keep up the good work..

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      strandjutter 9 years ago

      Love it... every bit of it... very entertaining and informative...way to go...