TYPICAL DUTCH GIFTS
Authentic Dutch art
Delft Blue or in Dutch, Delfts Blauw is a specific sort of fine pottery with blue decoration. Delft Blue is traditionally handmade in the city of Delft. It was intended to be a more affordable version of white and blue Chinese porcelain. Specifically Chinese porcelain was very popular and wanted in Holland, but also very expensive. Only the rich were able to afford it. Hence the Dutch Majolica Potteries found an alternative that is known as Delft Blue.
In the 16th century Flemish potters had developed a new kind of glaze that was called Majolica. They still weren’t able to produce true porcelain, but they had found a new way to create very thin pottery that brilliantly resembled Chinese porcelain. This thin pottery was later called Faience. Initially Delft Blue decorations were based on Asian designs. Later designs had character that fitted the Dutch art culture more and more. Not only did they make showpieces, but also objects that were used in day to day life such as diner plates and bottles.