History of Delft Blue
Rise of Delft Blue
Various trends in pottery may be observed throughout the centuries. In 1550, Majolica pottery from Spain and Italy was the trend. Many potters in Antwerp copied the popular pottery until they were forced to flee the city from Spanish conquerors in 1585. The potters regrouped in Delft, where they concentrated on reproducing the latest trend, Chinese porcelain, starting in 1602. From that time onward, the city of Delft has been inextricably linked to Delft Blue pottery.
Delft Blue today
Between 1600 and 1800, Delft was one of the most important pottery producers in Europe. The Delft Blue pottery was immensely popular, and was collected by rich families throughout the world. Unfortunately, for many potters, Delft Blue also went out of fashion, and one by one, they had to close their doors. The only one that has remained in operation since 1653 is de Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, known as Royal Dutch, a company that continues to produce the Delft Blue pottery according to the traditional methods. Other locations in and around Delft where visitors can see the pottery are De Delftse Pauw and in the many souvenir shops around the central market square (Grote Markt) in Delft.
Visit the Royal Delft Experience
Where better to admire Delft Blue than in the Royal Delft Experience, the last remaining earthware factory in Delft. Experience the craftsmanship behind their hand-painted pottery and learn all about the history and production process of Delft Blue during a guided tour.