One of the designers of Royal Delft has created this typical Dutch design for the psile case. The design was painted with the special paint used to create the typical blue contrasts.
Delftware is in general earthenware, but for this occasion we have created a printed sticker version which is applied to the standard psile cover. Great care has been taken to make sure the colors resemble the original Delftware products.
Royal Delft is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century still producing entirely handmade Delftware.
Although it is not exactly sure when the first factories started to operate, we do know that already in the second half of the 16th century there were factories in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Middelburg which produced multicoloured (or polychrome) earthenware. Dutch potters learnt this trade from their Italian colleagues. It was presumably not until the end of the 16th century that the first pottery was founded in Delft. From then on the number of factories rapidly increased. Not only because seamen got hold of several cargos of Chinese porcelain, but above all because the tradesmen of the Dutch East India Company (founded in 1602), brought home large quantities of Chinese porcelain from the East. This type of porcelain with blue decorations on a white background was very popular among the Dutch. Soon afterwards the Dutch potters started to imitate the technique and created the blue and white designs that became famous and characteristic for The Netherlands.
With special thanks to The Porceleyne Fles / Royal Delft.