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Blue Blue Oh So Blue

It is true! When visiting Delft you may not leave without visiting a shop, a boutique, a school or a museum full of Delft Blue.
Most tourists do visit the Stedelijk Museum at Prinsenhof ...
But you may find all over the place those cute little shops with Delft Blue gifts.
Take your walk in peace and quiet, and enjoy your time when spotting one of these cute little Delft Blue shops ...
and buy your own little Delft Blue souvenir.

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Nov 12, 2007

Delftware, more than just blue

As you delve through the various rooms and check the multi-lingual video out it's hard not to notice that there are more colours than blue. Just how difficult that would be I never quite discovered but I can tell you that to get blue in the paintings it has to be fired three times and, when it is first painted on, it's actually black but turns blue during the process.
As for the exquisite colours in pics 1 and 4 that's a whole different, and more expensive, ball game.
The last piece was huge but had a couple of big cracks going through it. Just how expensive an error like that would be beggars the imagination.
As you can see in picture 2 there's no limit to the shapes they come up with for unusual containers while pic 3 shows a splendid classical wall piece.

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May 08, 2007

More than just porcelain

One of the things that caught my eye wandering through the factory was some of the architecture. A lovely cloister, the entrance portal (2), the other doorways (3) that were obviously from different periods and seem to incorporate bits of Moorish, Dutch and Christian architecture while the last is a piece of stained glass with Delft porcelain a feature.

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May 08, 2007

Delft blue and the Rembrandt "Night Watch" mystery

If there is one single thing that makes Delft known world wide, it's Delftware. Royal Delft produces Delft Blue, an internationally renowned porcelain.
In the 17th century supplies from China, the home of porcelain, weren't always easy to obtain and, of course, there was that small problem of transport. Somehow the jet engine hadn't been invented then.
So we find that Meissen and Delft evolved into two of the major European centres for porcelain and the factory that you enter today was established in 1653.
There is a fee to enter and after that it is well laid out so that you get a good understanding of not only the history but how much of the process is done.
One thing I learned off the lady in pic 2 is that all Royal Delft ware is hand painted and signed individually by the artist. This separates it from the mass manufactured stuff and also means it's slightly harder on the hip pocket.
There are many pieces on display, including commemorative plates for 50 years of flying into Melbourne by the Dutch airline KLM.
Then there was a wall with a long street scene (pic 4 shows part) but the piece de resistance was the copy of Rembrandt's Night Watch. Here something really strange happened. It was only about 3 metres from the previous shot, it was the same blue yet, when I took the shot it came out as black and white. Strange! My only theory is that it was on a slight angle and perhaps the refraction of the light made it a different colour.

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May 08, 2007
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Koninnklijke Porceleyne Fles – Royal Delft

Of course Delft is world famous for it’s blue pottery. The Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles is the only remaining factory of the 32 earthenware factories that were established in Delft in the 17th century. Fragile and bulky, you should probably consider shipping as an option rather than carrying these souvenirs around on your vacation. Not normally attracted to this type of memorabilia, I none-the-less acquired a tasteful cookie jar for myself. If you’re just looking for some small cheese boards or dairy creamers as gifts to take home, consider picking up such little items at the Schiphol airport when you leave.

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Jan 18, 2007

De Porceleyne Fles

De Porceleyne Fles (The Porcelain Jar) was founded in 1635 and still produces the original Delft Blue ceramics for which the town is world famous.

There is a lot imitations "Delft's Blue" in the souvenir shops but the original Delft Blue is stamped with a blue jar as proof of authenticity. Price is usually a good indication of authenticity as the genuine article is not cheap

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Aug 29, 2006

Pottery Factory

Although there are churches,a windmill,a's the visit to the Pottery Factory what I founded more interesting.Of course,if you have the time go to see afterwards those places or sit down on a chair in Main Square to have some beer if the weather is fine.

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Aug 10, 2006

Delft Blue

We were not able to see two of the larger Delftware factories, which are located outside of town, but we walked past the small factory behind Nieuwe Kerk.

It was fascinating to see artists painting the blue designs on the white porcelain, freehand.

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Jan 07, 2006
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"For your Dutch quaintness fix :-)"
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"Delft from where the "blue" conquered the world."
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"Delving into Delft"
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"Playing tourist on a beautiful sunny but cold day"
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Royal Delft

The Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles is the only remaining factory of the 32 earthenware factories that were established in Delft in the 17th century.
Royal Delft is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century still producing entirely handmade Delftware.

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Oct 09, 2003

Too pretty to sit on

Now here's a modern interpretation of Delft Blue pottery ware. On the main page the larger picture features. Here a close up.

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May 30, 2003

Delft is Famous in the World for its Pottery

A visit to Delft's pottery house is as essential as visiting eiffel tower while your visit to PAris.

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Jan 20, 2003

Things To Do Near Delft

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Hugo de Groot

When you've finished ogling the tilted old church tower, this fine edifice is sure to catch your attention on the other side of the canal. For some reason I never went and photographed the plaque that...
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Nieuwe Kerk

There is so much to see in the New Church, maybe too much to mention. We walked our way up to the mausoleum of William the Silent and the private royal family crypt. After we had a good look at both...
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Oude Kerk

The Old Church is considered to have been founded in 1246, when Count William II gave the industrial little city of Delft its own charter. We were able to visit it when we were on our way from the...
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Delftware was invented in an attempt to imitate the world-famous Chinese blue and white porcelain. Thanks to the Dutch entrepreneurial spirit, this 'imitation porcelain' was so successfully developed...
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I have to admit that I was a little surprised by the gallery, there was a huge queue, and I waited in line for some 50 minutes. I should note that the queue was badly managed, and it was for those who...
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Panorama Mesdag

Here you can see how the beach looked in 1881. This is a 360° painting and is the biggest of the Netherlands. This is really something unique of the 19th century. If you go there its like going back...
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