Delft Blue Pottery

Delft Blue Pottery – The perfect Dutch Souvenir

Planning a trip to the Netherlands? Confused about what to get back as a souvenir from the land of tulips, windmills, cheese and clogs? But what if you could get all of them and much more, dripping in the very own unique flavour of the low lands? Read on.

Delft blue pottery (or the Delftware as it is also known) is the tin glazed, hand painted blue and white earthenware produced in and around the Dutch town of Delft. The pottery is famous for its quality and craftsmanship.

Delft Blue Pottery

The original, entirely hand painted pottery is now made only in some of the factories in Delft. These are quite expensive and come along with a certificate of authenticity – the most popular and the best variant being the ‘Royal Delft’ (the title reflects its honorary status).

A thorough knowledge of the Delftware is required on part of the buyer when considering the expensive, hand painted version. Look for the trademark as well as for the quality certificate issued by the Delft Chamber of Commerce to verify the authenticity of the Delftware.

Delft Blue Pottery

To avoid burning a hole in your pocket, you might as well go for the less expensive version (that does not follow the centuries old tradition of hand painting), but reflects the culture of the Netherlands nevertheless. These pieces are readily available in local antique shops, open markets and tourist stores.

Delft Blue Pottery

Delft pottery is most commonly available in the form of tulip vases, floral plates, tiles, windmills, key chains, cutlery, and clogs as seen in the pictures here. Make sure you wrap them properly before putting them in the suitcase, as these are fragile items.

Delft Blue Pottery

Display them with pride in your home when you are back – they will bring forth fond memories from your travels.

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