Learn about Delftware

Delftware is a type of tin-glazed earthenware, known as maiolica in Italy and faience in France. After an initial firing, the items are coated with an opaque white enamel, on which designs are painted, followed by a further firing.

It was first developed in the 9th century in Iraq and spread to Spain and Italy in the Middle Ages. In the 16th century Italian potters introduced the technique to France and also to Antwerp in Belgium. From there it made its way to Holland, England and north Germany. In England it was known as galleyware, a term used until well into the 18th century, when it became known as delftware, reflecting the fact that by then the Dutch town of Delft had become the most important centre of production in Europe.

Manufacture of tin-glazed earthenware in England began with the arrival in 1567 of two Flemish potters, who set up potteries in Norwich and London. Another important factory was set up in Southwark c1618 by a Dutchman but it was not until after the Restoration in 1660 that the number of potteries increased. more...

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Large pair of Delft blue and white vases, 18th century, painted with four seasons panels (restored). Height 55.5 cm

Delft jug Ervenlucas Bols, Amsterdam, approx 22 cm high

Large 18th century Delft bowl, included in Ceramic Collectors club 1999 exhibition at Power House museum. As inspected

18th century English Delft plate, hand painted with bird & pagoda pattern

A blue Delft plate, 1961, a limited edition plate 875/1000, 'Naar een schildery' by Jhb Koekoek 1840-1912, a traditional fishing by the shore scene with a sailing vessel and horse drawn cart, in underglaze blue with a shell form border; backstamps undersid

Three Dutch Delft blue and white canisters, each approx 21 cm high (3)

A signed Delft scenic earthenware charger, 1882 Holland a naturalistic rural village canal scene with a figure in a boat; signed to the charger and with impressed and underglaze blue marks underside, decorator's initials and various labels. Diameter 36 cm

Pair of boy and girl Delft ceramic liquor bottles H20cm approx

A pair of 19th century Delft vases waisted cylindrical, painted with a biblical scene, 24 cm high

A pair of Delft blue and white plates each decorated with a weeping tree the cavetto patterned with floral motifs, restoration present, 30.5 cm wide

Late 18th century/early 19th century Delft charger painted with lake view, 33.5 cm dia (some rim chipping)

A very unusual hardwood low table, 18th and 20th century, the top with a pierced apron inset in the centre with four early Qing Dynasty blue and white tiles surrounded by a border of Delft tiles standing on a four bamboo-form legs with an elaborate cross-s

A large 18th century Delft charger, hand painted with boats at sea, dated 1769. Faulted and repaired. Diameter 37 cm

A polychrome handmade Delft twin handled vase by H Beque 40 cm x 12 cm x 14 cm

A pair of 18th century Dutch Delft plates. Tin glaze blue and white with orange rims, each painted with Chinoiserie vignette of flowering shrubs, collection stickers verso, 29.5 cm diameter

Early Delft Cow figure. Signed to base. Height 15 cm

A collection of three Delft plates, 18th century, blue and white, variously marked, (3), 23 cm diameter. Provenance: Christie's, Melbourne, 29 March 1993, lot 120

Pair of early Dutch delft two handled vases, pedestal base with Bacchus mask and serpent handles, signed to base. Approx 37 cm high

An English Delft plate painted with a fence, bamboo, flowers and an insect. Flowers to the border. a lavender hue to the ground. Bristol, Redcliffe backs, circa 1770. Width 22 cm

An English Delft plate with a lobed edge and painted to the centre with a Chinoiserie garden scene in a palette on greens, yellow, manganese and blue. Stilt marks under rim. Unmarked, circa 1760. Diameter 22 cm

A pair of Delft tin-glazed baluster form vases and covers, Dutch, 18th century, 40 cm high. Provenance: John Dunn Antiques, Melbourne

A Dutch Delft blue and white porcelain vase and cover (restored), Dutch, 19th century. 31 cm high

Antique French jug, Oriental vase, Delft style lidded vase, approx 39 cm high, and shorter

Early Delft porcelain plate. Octagonal, blue & white willow pattern. Possibly 18th or early 19th century.length 37 cm

Connie Hoedt amphora, Tropical Delft stoneware urn, white underglaze with decorated painted blue leaves, artist's seal to base. Height 57 cm. Diameter 18 cm. Provenance: Corporate collection, Sydney

Pair large Delft lidded vases with dragon-like finials. Approx 45 cm high

A group of three decorative plates, including a Chinese Satsuma charger in gilt and colours, a gilt embossed fruiting vine decorated Meissen plate with marks underside, and a Dutch Royal Goedewaagen special edition Delft blue plate, dated 1991, with associ

Four English and Dutch Delft plates, 18th century, comprising two Dutch delft plates, one decorated in blue with the standing figure of a man, the other with a gentleman and a lady strolling through a wooded park, a Bristol plate decorated with a river sce

A Dutch Delft dish, first half of 18th century, of moulded circular form, painted in under glaze blue and yellow with a running hare and a border of stylized tulips, 34 cm diameter. Provenance: Collection of the late Arthur Lane, Keeper of the Department o

A Dutch Delft Chinoiserie coffee pot, circa 1705 - 1720, iron red Pak monogram mark for Pieter Adriaensz Kocx at de Grieksche A, the body of tapering fluted design, C scroll handle and straight angular spout, painted in Kakiemon style with flowering branch

An 18th century Dutch Delft urn, converted to a lamp base brass mounted, modelled as a lion supporting a shield painted with a figural scene, restoration and areas of substantial loss, modern shade, the base, 32.5 cm high

Collection of assorted ceramic including pot lids, two early Delft tiles etc

Large Dutch Delft blue and white decorated lidded urn, 65 cm height

A Delft studio pottery pale blue and grey glazed vase, early 20th century. 18 cm high

A Dutch Delft tin-glazed Chinese style vase, 19th century. 16 cm high

An English Delft plate, circa 1750 boldly painted with peacock near trees and water in tones of blue, purple, yellow and orange, 22.8 cm diameter