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Delft Pottery Marks and History and Information

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Delftware was made as early as the 16th century.

Old Delftware was made as early as the 16th century. It was originally a low-fired earthenware that was coated with a very thin opaque tin glaze, and then a painted blue or polychrome design was applied. 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 body porcelain, decorated with designs such as windmills, the Dutch countryside, or Dutch children? This manufacturer is the most well known of several manufacturers 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 AZ information listed on Antiques.

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"The history of ceramic art in Holland is the main center of 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 for 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.


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I Would Appreciate A Bit Of Feedback...

Anna Geary on June 03, 2020:

Is there a Delft mark that has an elephant and the word JUMBO under it. I have a small jar, larger in the bottom than at the lid with a wooden top. I think it is a spice or honey jar.

Laura Reed on March 03, 2019:

I inherited vases? Candlesticks? With the written dec and delft- all lowercase calligraphy

Adrienne Marrison on July 24, 2018:

My husband is of Dutch descent, so I bought a plate at an auction of a country scene. The symbol on the back is of a ginger jar with a crown and an R and a C with an X half way below the two. I would like to date this piece. Thanks you for any help you can give.

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alice A jameson on February 28, 2018:

Is there fake delft marks? I have a bowl it has like a basket on top of the work delft..Is it fake? tried to send a picture but it would not let me thank you..

Brenda on October 02, 2017:

I wonder if anyone could give me information on Delft Bruin

mrdata on June 04, 2013:

Interesting topic! !You deserve the LOTD!

anonymous on June 04, 2013:

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?

surabhinafdey on March 30, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 23, 2012:

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

sheezie77 on January 17, 2012:

Great lens, great work! thumbs up

OCrealestate on September 29, 2011:

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

anonymous on April 27, 2011:

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!

anonymous on April 09, 2011:

I love delft.

anonymous on October 17, 2009:

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

WorldTravelers916 on September 02, 2008:

the art on this pottery is amazing!


Keaka77 on August 05, 2008:

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 on July 13, 2008:

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

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