Delft Blue Pottery, Delft
Delft is famous the world over for its DELFT BLUE POTTERY. Around the Markt there are many lovely shops selling Delftware. You can find cheaper versions in the little tourist shops but they are fake. The real Delft Blue will cost you a lot more, so look for the official shops representing the Delft Blue Factories -- "De Porceleyne Fles" and "De Delftse Pauw".
What to buy: Over the years I have accumulated quite a bit of Delftware. They are mostly gathering dust in my china cabinet. All are fakes except for a tea cup and saucer given to me by Hans' Mother. Items include a Windmill plate (pictured here), tiles, vases, windmills, salt & pepper shakers, etc.
What to pay: For the fakes -- not a lot
For the real Delft Blue -- a lot
This is a Delft Blue factory and shop, a little walk outside the town center.
It also has a tea room.
The shop has a huge collection of Delft Blue, manufactured or hand painted and priced accordingly (not cheap!).
There are also cheaper priced goods that didn't turn out so well. After all, pottery depends on many factors and it's always a gamble if a batch will turn out alright, or so a befriended ceramist tells me.
The Dutch were great travellers and seafarers and when some of them came back from China with Chinese porcelain in the 17th century, an attempt was made to copy this pottery. It made the city of Delft world famous.
The development of Delft Blue is still very alive. Indeed, Delft wants to increase its involvement in the development of ceramics, so my brochure tells me.
What to buy: From tacky Delft Blue souvenirs to exquisitely handpainted objects.
Delft is awash with selling points of Delft Blue.
What to pay: All price ranges.
This lovely shop has a good collection of Delft Blue, but there are others around the Markt.
What to buy: all kinds of things available, from cups, tiles to vases etc.
What to pay: the prices vary depending on size and of course quality.
I think calling the Royal Delft Blue "local craft" is like calling Rembrandt "an artist", these are very fine and well made pieces of art. Some are as small as kitchen tiles 5x5 cm, and some are as large as a desk, take your pick.
This factory has been in operation since 1653 and is the only remaining "Delftware" factory from that century.
You can arrange for tours in many languages that will include an audiovisual presentation, painting demonstration, museum and a tour of the production area.
What to buy: We acquired a small oblong serving dish with canal scenes with windmills, very Dutch !! as a reminder of our trip. The second picture shows the Certificate of Authenticity we received with our dish.
What to pay: You can spend from 2-3 Euros to several thousand, depends on your pocketbook.
Centuries ago, the famous Delf Blue-porselain went all over the world. In Ptere the Great's Russia it became fassion, in China one started copying the blue-white colours in their own images and sunk VOC-ship treasurehunters find fine Delf Blue, hidden for a long time. Well, you don't need to dive so deep, as here in Delft you can buy it yourself. The fake stuff in the little touristshops (like all over The Netherlands) or the real in the factory or it's representing shops.
What to buy: It comes in standard plates, cups, vazes and so, but also in many more Dutch forms as wooden shoes or little windmills.Always check the bottomside, where the original mark should be emprinted.
What to pay: The fake stuff is of course quite cheap and available in masses, the real can be quite expensive.
Just world-famous for its blue and white pottery, porcelain and ceramics Delft cannot be left without visiting a Delft Blue shop.
You may find beautiful small Delft Blue products for your kitchen,...
And don't forget the Delft Blue tiles
which are in favour, even the very cheap kitchy-ones.
Some hand-made painted souvenirs are really gorgeous items, and even the colours donot have to be blue. I can imagine Delft Blue got so popular everywhere, so take your chance ...
What to buy: Some popular Delftware factories:
Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles
Rotterdamseweg 196 - Delft (tel. 0031(15)2512030)
The Delftse Pauw
Delftweg 133 - Delft, (tel. 0031(15)2124920)
Kerkstraat 14 - Delft (tel. 0031(15)2131848)
What to pay: Delft Blue products can be bought in any price ...
Cheap (starting at some Euro's) up to expensive ...
A tile starts about 5 Euro ...
it's a factory that produces Delft ceramics. Out of the 32 operating factories, only 2 remain - luckily both can be toured.
What to buy: Delft... the name... where did I hear it before? It surely rang a bell... I thought about it all the way there, and eventualy gave up. I got off the train, found a map to the centre... and when I arrived I looked at a shop window and realized - the famous pottery!
Everywhere in town, but especially on the market square, you can find shops that sell traditional Delft pottery-ware - that really nice white and blue handpainted plates, tiles, vases and boxes you've maybe seen in some movie.
What to pay: don' remember - but the cheap ones were glamorous fakes. expect original delftware to be pricy
This typical souvenir shop in the Delft Market shows an array of wooden shoes that can be purchased along with post-cards and other Souvenirs of Delft.
What to buy: Delft Souvenirs
What to buy: When you think of Delft, you think of Delft blue pottery and what better to buy in Delft than this typical blue Delftware.
What to buy:
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Eat this! ;)))
It's all over Holland but only in this very city you have a chance to buy original stuff. Have a try! :))