The origins of Delftware

Delftware is tinglazed earthenware that was first made early in the 17th century at Delft, the Netherlands. Dutch potters later brought the art of tin glazing to England. Since no official claims have ever been registered by one of the official Dutch producers of Delftware, some pottery in England of other countries can be called Delftware as well, referring to the way it is produced rather than the place of origin.

In the 17th and 18th centuries it was the custom to give every product made in a Delft pottery a mark: an axe, a rose, three bells or the initials of the owner of the factory. At that time everyone knew that blue and white Delftware came from Delft and that it could only be entirely handpainted.

In the 19th century Dutch interest in the once illustrious craft had waned almost to a vanishing point. ''The Porceleyne Fles'' was the sole survivor of a lot of potteries which had once flourished in Delft. The products of this factory rekindled interest in Delftware and other pottery factories profited from this revival.

De Blauwe Tulp

De Blauwe Tulp, started in 1997 by young and higly skilled craftsman, is a small factory (studio) in Delft where the fameous Delftware is made. Delftware is made and completely brushstoked according to tradition. By maintaining those centuries old tradition, Dutch Delftware has rightfully acquired it's worldwide reputation and fame. The painters completely decorate each article by hand, down to the smallest detail. Every product bears the trademark of ''De Blauwe Tulp'': a blue tulip, the initials ''SR" and the words ''Delft Holland''.