Delft Tiles
Delft Tiles

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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

European ➔ Delft Tiles

These delft tiles are made of fired ceramic and are decorated with hand-painted blue images. They were from the Zeeland Room of Heritage Hall. 

Delftware originates from the Netherlands and was first created in Delft, Holland during the 17th century. During that time, the Netherlands traded goods throughout Asia and ships brought back popular Chinese porcelain. The demand was so high that Europeans decided to craft their own version. Since the Dutch didn’t was lacking all the materials to make porcelain clay, they used earthenware dipped in a tin-glaze to give their teapots, teacups, trays, bowls, and plates the famous Delft white background. At first the images mirrored the Chinese style, but eventually tulips and windmills replaced the peonies and symbols, creating their own trademark look. Over 800 million Delft tiles were produced during this time, leading historians to believe that many Dutch homes in the Netherlands still house original artwork. 


Paint, Ceramic
5" h 5" w 0.3" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Museum Collection

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