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Loudon Collection Rijksmuseum In The Netherlands

Collecting Delftware

Dutch Delftware played a pivotal role in the development of European ceramics in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The robust faience center of Delft was the result of two important currents of the time: the Italian production of majolica and the Chinese and Japanese wares that were imported by the Dutch East India Company (VOC).…

Antique Delftware Wine Cooler

Dining Traditions

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries fine dining was an exceedingly important social ritual, and the accompanying accessories were reflective of the owner’s status. The well-laid table was the culmination of splendor. However, dining traditions changed during these centuries and the Delft potters quickly accommodated the new tastes of the nobility and the wealthy bourgeoisie…

Schets Interieur Daniel Marot

The Decorative Designs of Daniel Marot

The French architect, designer and engraver Daniel Marot (1661-1752) was born into a family of artists and craftsmen. His grandfather, Girard Marot, was a cabinetmaker and his father, Jean Marot was named architect of King Louis XIV. Jean Marot (1619-1679) is well known today for his contribution to seventeenth-century French architecture. In 1686, Daniel Marot…

Polychrome Rectangular Plaque Verhaast

The Characteristic Works by G. Verhaast

The individual potters, painters and decorators of Dutch Delftware have largely remained anonymous as the makers’ marks inscribed on objects typically refer to the factory owners. There are a few rare exceptions, for example Frederik van Frijtom, who sometimes signed his work with his name or initials. Another known painter is a man with the…

Bottle Vases Antique Ceramic

West Meets East

Despite the Portuguese importations of Asian goods starting in the early sixteenth century, Chinese porcelain was rarely seen in Europe before 1600. The small quantities of porcelain that were imported to Europe were rare and expensive, and almost exclusively collected by the nobility. In 1600, the market for Chinese porcelain changed significantly when the Dutch…

Delft Blue Flower Vases Antique Aronson

East Meets West

The Dutch East India Company rarely encountered problems trading Chinese porcelain until circa 1645, when civil unrest in China increasingly hampered the VOC’s business. The production of porcelain was almost stagnated in Jingdezhen, supply routes were severed, and the VOC lost Formosa as a trading base in 1661. Since the Dutch East India Company had…

Antique Dragon Pattern Plates Delftware

The Chinese Dragon Pattern on Delftware

Auspicious, mythical and intriguing, the dragon was a creature that found its way onto Delftware from the Chinese porcelain and other decorative arts imported by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the seventeenth century. The origins of mythical Chinese dragons are vague, however it is believed that over 4,000 years ago, China was made…

The Rise and Fall of the Delft Potteries

During the sixteenth century, The Delft economy was driven by the textile industry and beer breweries. However, the combination of these two industries caused problems. The textile industry polluted the water, which was an essential ingredient for beer. Therefore, the city of Delft needed a new industry to stimulate the economy, what eventually became the…

Antique Polychrome Delftware

Women in Domestic Interiors

The daily activities of women were commonly depicted in seventeenth-century Dutch genre paintings. These scenes, from a housewife quietly absorbed in work, to a woman enjoying musical entertainment illustrate the societal roles of women in the domestic space. In these private spaces, women acquired a new importance. While for some painters the home was the…

Attributes Of The Guild Of Saint Luke, Jan De Groot, 1735, Rijksmuseum (inv. No. RP-P-1906-3282)

The Delft Potters in the Guild of Saint Luke

Beginning in the middle ages, a guild system was in place to organize the urban crafts industry. Guilds primarily served to protect the economic interests of its members, but also provided a religious and social function. The types of guilds varied by each city, as they were formed according to specialization, such as the civic…

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