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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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Group of DELFT Blue and White Dutch Porcelains
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of DELFT Blue and White Dutch Porcelains
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $100
$152 Bids
A BRISTOL DELFT BLUE AND WHITE DATED COMMEMORATIVE PUNCH BOWLDATED 1717Painted with panels of flow
Oct 03, 10:30 AM BST
A BRISTOL DELFT BLUE AND WHITE DATED COMMEMORATIVE PUNCH BOWLDATED 1717Painted with panels of flow
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £200- £300
£602 Bids
A collection of Delftware vases and covers, 18th - 20thC, H 28 - 45 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A collection of Delftware vases and covers, 18th - 20thC, H 28 - 45 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €400
€1802 Bids
Pfauenteller Delft, 2. H. 18. Jh.
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Pfauenteller Delft, 2. H. 18. Jh.
by Leo Spik
Est: €150- €180
€1201 Bid
Two Delft show vases, H 37 cm.
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Two Delft show vases, H 37 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€2501 Bid
A collection of seven fine blue and white Dutch Delft Chinoiserie dishes, 17th/18thC, ø 23 - 26 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A collection of seven fine blue and white Dutch Delft Chinoiserie dishes, 17th/18thC, ø 23 - 26 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €400- €600
€3001 Bid
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HAND-LEUCHTER, ROYAL DELFT,
Oct 01, 11:00 AM CEST
HAND-LEUCHTER, ROYAL DELFT,
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid
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WANDTELLER, WOHL DELFT, BLAUE MALEREI IN UNTERGLASUR
Oct 01, 11:00 AM CEST
WANDTELLER, WOHL DELFT, BLAUE MALEREI IN UNTERGLASUR
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€51 Bid
A collection of nine blue and white Dutch Delft dishes and chargers, 18thC, ø 23 - 36 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A collection of nine blue and white Dutch Delft dishes and chargers, 18thC, ø 23 - 36 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €400- €600
€3001 Bid
Paar polychrome Delftse borden met bloemendecor - Diameter 23 cm.
Oct 20, 1:30 PM CEST
Paar polychrome Delftse borden met bloemendecor - Diameter 23 cm.
by Debaveye
Est: €80- €120
€401 Bid
Two Blue and White Delft Dishes
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
Two Blue and White Delft Dishes
by Stair
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
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3X WANDTELLER, DELFTS
Oct 01, 11:00 AM CEST
3X WANDTELLER, DELFTS
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€201 Bid
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2X WANDTELLER, DELFTS BLAUW
Oct 01, 11:00 AM CEST
2X WANDTELLER, DELFTS BLAUW
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€151 Bid
Albarello Delft Hendrik
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CEST
Albarello Delft Hendrik
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €240- €360
€2401 Bid
A collection of Delft dishes, chargers and a plaque, 18th/19thC, ø 22,5 - 35 - 33 x 41,5 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A collection of Delft dishes, chargers and a plaque, 18th/19thC, ø 22,5 - 35 - 33 x 41,5 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1001 Bid
A large blue and white Delft jug with a chinoiserie decoration and a pewter lid, 18thC, H 35,5 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A large blue and white Delft jug with a chinoiserie decoration and a pewter lid, 18thC, H 35,5 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1201 Bid
A fine Dutch Delft polychrome barber bowl, marked Jan Theunis Dextra, mid 18thC, H 7,5 - W 27 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A fine Dutch Delft polychrome barber bowl, marked Jan Theunis Dextra, mid 18thC, H 7,5 - W 27 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1001 Bid
Pair of vintage Delftware Dutch shoes
Oct 03, 11:30 PM EDT
Pair of vintage Delftware Dutch shoes
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$200 Bids
Vintage Dutch Delftware shoe
Oct 03, 11:30 PM EDT
Vintage Dutch Delftware shoe
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $20- $25
$150 Bids
Larger Delftware Dutch shoe
Oct 03, 11:30 PM EDT
Larger Delftware Dutch shoe
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $35
$150 Bids
Vine decorated Delftware shoe
Oct 03, 11:30 PM EDT
Vine decorated Delftware shoe
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $35
$150 Bids
Delft Polychrome Figural Tankard and Bottle, 2 items
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Delft Polychrome Figural Tankard and Bottle, 2 items
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $300- $350
$1500 Bids
Lot of 7 Delf Dutch Porcelain Clogs
Oct 05, 10:00 PM EDT
Lot of 7 Delf Dutch Porcelain Clogs
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $90- $120
$600 Bids

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