Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Delftware tiles, blue and white and manganese, Dutch and English

1.  2 Dutch Delftware tiles, 18th century (could be earlier), painted in blue and white depicting tulips

 2.   2 18th century Delftware tiles probably made in England, one with painted manganese rural river scene, the other in blue and white and manganese, with house and castle design.

Delftware (tin glazed pottery) was made in the Netherlands between the 16th and the 18th centuries.  Due to lively trade with the East,  millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain were imported into Holland in the early 17th century, and  when this supply was interrupted in c1620 Dutch imitations started.  Tiles were made in vast numbers possibly as many as 8 hundred million over 200 years!
By the end of the 18th century the delftware potteries started to go out of business  mainly due to the growing British market in porcelain and earthenware.
English delftware is a tin glazed pottery made between c1550 and the late 18th century mainly in London, Bristol, and Liverpool,   it had almost died out by the beginning of the 19th century.

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