I’ll be listing some delftware that I acquired recently and thought I’d post a bit more information about Delfts Blauw for your information.
Delftware, or Delft pottery, denotes blue and white pottery made in and around Delft in the Netherlands and the tin-glazed pottery made in the Netherlands from the 16th century. Delftware became popular because there was an interruption in the trade with China in the early 1600s and the imitation Chinese patterns became sought after. Dutch artists also made this style into their own by producing handpainted pieces with scenes and decorations inspired by their own country. You can access an authoritative description of the process of making Delftware online. Delftware is known for it’s blue and white handpainted designs that reached their artistic best by 1750.
Many of the commonly seen modern delft blue pieces are actually made for the souvenir trade and while they are marked as hand painted, many are only partially hand painted and the actual design is applied through the technique called transferware. In the instance of the plate pictured, it is made by Ter Steege BVa maker for the souvenir trade. This plate has a hand painted gilt circle and the blue design is transferware. It is marked “hand decorated”. This is a legitimate marking, but unless you know the difference, you could be fooled into believing that this is a more expensive hand painted piece.