Delft, the Chinese counterfit…

Painting of the city of Delft in its Golden age...

Painting of the city of Delft in its Golden age…

In another note that things run in cycles, we saw an actually great display of delft pottery at the gemeentemuseum.  I’m usually not one for pottery, delft, ancient Greek, or otherwise, but this display was quite good.

All types and shapes of delft, mostly Chinese in style...

All types and shapes of delft, mostly Chinese in style…

And I learned that Delft pottery is all basically counterfeit versions of Chinese porcelain.  The Dutch imported pottery from China but could not meet the mail so we’ll go Dutch artisans started to copy the Chinese style.

Very intricate details of this Chinese original...

Very intricate details of this Chinese original…

The traditional blue and white glazed Delft pottery is just trying to emulate Chinese porcelain.  And since the Chinese porcelain was so expensive, Delft started as the cheap knock off.  After a few decades, the Delft was more highly sought after than the original Chinese pieces so the Chinese started to counterfeit the Delft counterfeits.

and a final note that the black delft glaze is very rare due to the difficulty in making the dense dark black needed.  Who knew?

Black delft glaze is super rare...

Black delft glaze is super rare…