Delft Pottery

Representing the pinnacle of tin-glazed Netherlander pottery, Delft pottery, also known as "Delftware," has a heritage that stretches back to the 1500s. It is noted for its bright white finish and rich blue painting.

The origins of Delft pottery can be traced to the city of Antwerp, then part of Flanders. It was there in 1500 where the Italian ceramist Guido da Savino opened his studio and began creating richly painted pieces. Soon his style skyrocketed in popularity, and though the Spanish ransacked the city of Antwerp in 1576, this vibrant pottery tradition persevered. A new hub of production was developed in the northern city of Delft, where, by the 17th century, the tin-glazing technique for pottery had taken hold.

The tin-glazing method used to create Delftware allowed for a bright white finish mimicking porcelain that could be painted. Delft ceramists centered their palette on a rich blue, either imitating or rivaling the Chinese painted porcelain that was beginning to filter into Western Europe. What followed was a vast production of brilliantly patterned pieces that resonated with the elegance of the blue-on-white designs and that are the desire of many ceramic connoisseurs today.


Quick Facts

  • The solitary color palette for Delftware has given it the alternate moniker "Delft Blue"
  • Delft pottery is still in production today, with two companies who have been in production for centuries: Tichelaar, which opened its doors in 1594, and the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, which launched in 1653
  • Delft producers also created decorative tiles, including those used to decorate the dining room of 19th century author Victor Hugo’s house on the British island of Guernesey

Recommended Items at Auction

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Delftware Style Jardiniere on Stand, H: 36 in
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Delftware Style Jardiniere on Stand, H: 36 in
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$203 Bids
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Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $15- $50
$32 Bids
PAIR OF DELFT LIDDED URNS AND A BOWL, 18TH CENTURY
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
PAIR OF DELFT LIDDED URNS AND A BOWL, 18TH CENTURY
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $200- $400
$1251 Bid
Delft vase signed Leon Sont Sizes: H=210mm D=190mm Weight (K): 1,57kg Condition: at f
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Delft vase signed Leon Sont Sizes: H=210mm D=190mm Weight (K): 1,57kg Condition: at f
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €250- €350
€2401 Bid
OUDEWATER -- (KINSCHOT, G.R. v.). Beschryving der stad Oudewater. Delft, R. Boitet, 1747
Nov 17, 1:30 PM CET
OUDEWATER -- (KINSCHOT, G.R. v.). Beschryving der stad Oudewater. Delft, R. Boitet, 1747
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €160- €200
€1601 Bid
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Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$11 Bid
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BOX LOT OF DELFT WARE SOUVENIRS
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
BOX LOT OF DELFT WARE SOUVENIRS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Delft Blue Floral Decorated Two-Handle Vase, H: 11-1/2 in
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Delft Blue Floral Decorated Two-Handle Vase, H: 11-1/2 in
by Weschler's
Est: $10- $20
$51 Bid
AN 18TH CENTURY DELFT CHARGER, circular, polychrome decorated with flowers
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN 18TH CENTURY DELFT CHARGER, circular, polychrome decorated with flowers
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £60- £100
£301 Bid
Grouping of Continental Porcelain Items
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Grouping of Continental Porcelain Items
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $120
$500 Bids
18th century Delft dish Sizes: L=325mm l=275mm Weight (K): 1,36kg Condition: After ch
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
18th century Delft dish Sizes: L=325mm l=275mm Weight (K): 1,36kg Condition: After ch
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €200- €300
€1400 Bids
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Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Small Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Small Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $15- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Vase Mid-Century Modern Lustre Glaze
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $15- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids
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Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Delft Jug Brass Spout Mid-Century Modern
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $50
$10 Bids

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