Our wonderful collection of European furniture and decor just would not be complete without an assortment of Delft Blue. From vase sets to plates, we have a vast selection to choose from. According to Holland.com, Delft Blue is the world-famous earthenware that has been produced in the city of Delft since the 17th century. Between 1600 and 1800, this earthenware was popular among rich families who would show off their Delft Blue collections to one another. The world-famous Delft blue earthenware is still painted entirely by hand according to centuries-old traditions.
If you are in the Indianapolis area and are a lover of delft blue, take advantage of our Delft "Blue Plate Special" All of our delft blue items are on sale for 20% off from January 12 to the 18! We are located in the Exit 76 Antique Mall along I65 in Edinburgh, Indiana. This offer is in-store only.
In 1550, Majolica earthenware from Spain and Italy was the trend. Many potters in Antwerp, Belgium copied the popular earthenware 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 earthenware.
Delft Blue was not made from the typical porcelain clay, but from clay that was coated with a tin glaze after it was fired. In spite of this, Delft Blue achieved unrivalled popularity, and at its peak, there were 33 factories in Delft. Today there is but one. Established in 1653, Royal Delft/De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles is the only remaining Delft blue earthenware factory from the 17th century.
Our collection of Delft Blue comes from many estate sales and Sunday antique markets that we visit. We get asked all the time about the vase sets. They sets seem so unusual, what were they used for? Actually, these were created as adornments for large cabinets and hutches. They would be perched on top to be displayed. Large plates and tiles were hung on the walls as decoration.