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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A Dutch Delft charger, on carved wooden stand, 17th century, 35 cm diameter

Adriek Westenek, lidded bowl. From the 'Unica' Experimental Department of De Porceleyne Fles, Holland where Anneke Borren worked in 1967/68. A.B: 'My time at the 'Unica' department, of the Royal Dutch Delft Blue, 'De Porceleyne Fles

Els Boone, bowl. From the 'Unica' Experimental Department of De Porceleyne Fles, Holland where Anneke Borren worked in 1967/68. A.B: 'My time at the 'Unica' department, of the Royal Dutch Delft Blue, 'De Porceleyne Fles', in 196

Betty van Lange, sculpture clay horse, 1977. From the experimental 'Unica' department of De Porceleyne Fles, Delft, Holland where Anneke Borren worked in 1967/68. Width 15.5 cm. A.B: 'My time at the 'Unica' department, of the Royal Dutc

Pair of 18th century Dutch Delft jars and covers, of ribbed baluster form, the covers set with lion finials, above a body decorated with birds, insects and flowers, marked J.V.D.H, possibly for Jan van der Houk, a/f, height 75 cm, (2)

Dutch Delft tin glazed charger / bowl signed on verso by artist "J.V.A. Circa 1700 (A/F), approx 31 cm dia

Three 17th and 18th century dishes, all with faults, a delft Chinese style tinglaze plate, and two Chinese Imari pattern dishes (both repaired). Largest diameter 24 cm

An old Delft blue and white pottery twin bottle cruet set, both octagonal bottles/jugs have lids and fit into a shaped stand, decorated with figures in landscapes

Antique tin glazed blue and white Delft plate, decorated with a gent and dog in a coastal scene with makers stamp to back, 25 cm diameter

Two Delft blue and white portraits plaques of gentlemen to centre, each 51 cm diameter

A Dutch Delft polychrome figure of a cow, 18th/19th century, 17 cm high

An English Delft polychrome decorated plate, Somerset origin, 18th century, 30 cm diameter

An English Delft blue and white plate, 18th century, 30 cm diameter

A blue and white Delft, probably Dutch, 18th century, 29.5 cm diameter

Two Dutch delft blue and white urns, late 18th/19th century, the largest 21.5 cm high

A rare English running fox decorated delft plate, marked Prh and dated 1736, Lambeth or Bristol origin, 22 cm diameter, Note: Animals do not appear to have formed an important part of the delftware decorators' repertoire. When they do appear, they are

Assorted Delft blue and white tiles, 18th / 19th century, depicting various figures and scenic views (12), approx. 13 x 13 cm

E.Steele oil canvas flowers Delft vase & fruit signed and dated lower right 1904 measures 55.6 cm x 29.2 cm

Two 18th century/19th Delft chargers both painted with florals in underglaze blue (faults)

An antique British delft tin-glazed plate, decorated with fruit and flowers. Restored. Diameter 34 cm

A pair of Dutch Delft underglaze blue chinoiserie shallow bowls decorated with the 'peacock' or 'fan' pattern, the design of flowers and fruit arranged to look like a peacock's tail, the border with alternating panels and with yellow ri

A pair of Dutch Delft covered urns, late 18th century, 33 cm high. Provenance: Property from the collection of the late Margaret (Maggie) Lockwood

A c.1900 floral transfer decorative china hand basin in highly decorative cast iron stand and back board, the tall back of scrolling form with arched topped mirror above a panel with a classical child figure beside twin union jack flags, three blue and whi

A pair of English Delft blue and white bottle vases, circa 1780, 30 cm high

Pair of octagonal blue and white Delft vases, approx 29 cm high

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