Royal Delft

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196 Rotterdamseweg, Delft, Netherlands - 015 251 2030

Royal Delft Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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The Royal Delft Experience Sep 29, 2014
To me the word "Delft" immediately brings to mind images of the famous blue and white earthenware. A visit to the Royal Delft factory ("De Porceleyne Fles") was a very informative look at the making of this iconic Dutch pottery.

De Porceleyne Fles refers to its museum display and factory tour as The Royal Delft Experience. A tour leads visitors through a display of the varieties of Delftware and then though the factory. You learn about its uses not only in pottery but also in decorative and building tiles. (Rembrandt's The Night Watch is reproduced in Delft tiles.) The production process starts with potters forming the vessel shape. Next, a painter hand paints the design on the piece with a charcoal mixture. The charcoal design turns blue during firing.

Delftware is not actually porcelain, but is a type of earthenware known as "faience". Production began in the 17th century when the Dutch East India Company began importing Canton Blue ware from China to Europe. Delftware uses a similar blue design on white theme. Delft Blue production went into decline in the late 18th and early 19the century against competition from English earthenware such as Wedgewood. Royal Delft, tracing its history to 1653, was revived in 1876.

At the end of the tour is a shop where visitors can buy hand painted ware or (less expensive) transfer ware. There are also souvenir ornaments, thimbles, etc. not made on the premises.

Admission and tour is 12 Euro.
Royal Delft factory - The Royal De…
Delftware painter at work
Painted vessel before and after fi…
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spocklogic says:
Nice review, Andy, and I like that presentation of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" in tile.
Posted on: Oct 26, 2014
Zagnut66 says:
Amazing craftmanship. And probably out of my price range.
Posted on: Oct 25, 2014
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jendara jendara
97 reviews
Royal Blue Delft Minibotles Sep 21, 2010
Entering today to TravBuddy updates, I see the Featured Destination of the day and was the city of Delft in the Netherlands. Although I never had the opportunity to visit this city I know from the fame that has the Royal Porcelain from this city, and their relationship it has with the mini bottles of liquor, since they are a blue and white porcelain is unique in the world and in this case containing Ginebra.

The main porcelain bottles of liquor produced in Delft is the collection of the Netherland’s houses from the KLM containing Ginebra and are a treasure for collectors, but besides these there are other mini bottles that are made with this fine porcelain.

In Spanish:

Al entrar hoy a TravBuddy me fije en el destino destacado del día y era la ciudad de Delft en Países Bajos y si bien nunca tuve la oportunidad de visitar esta ciudad la conozco por la fama que tiene la Real Porcelana de este lugar, y su relación que tiene con las botellitas de licor, ya que son una porcelana azul y blanca única en el mundo.

Entre las principales botellitas de licor en porcelana producida en Delft esta la colección de casas holandesas de la KLM que contienen Ginebra y que son una joya para los coleccionistas, pero además de estas casitas hay otras que son fabricadas con esta fina porcelana.
Un molino Blue Delft
A minibottle Blue Delft
Minibottles Blue Delft 1
Minibottles Blue Delft 2
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jendara says:
You've got the beginning of a collection:)
Posted on: May 31, 2011
cavlizzy says:
I had a few of these.... but lost them in a move. I was heartbroken! I had 3. loved them.
Posted on: May 30, 2011
gejah gejah
82 reviews
Royal Delft, The Porceleyne Fles. Aug 27, 2009
When you are already in Delft and you like handpainted blue ceramics you should visit the Royal Delft. But i have to warn you, take a big purse with you if you want a good souvenir.

The Royal Porceleyne Fles, is established in the year 1653. So it has a long history in painting. In holland we call it Delfts Blue. Everybody will know what we mean by that. Of course it is in Delft.

They still follow the same procedure in backing and painting. No machine is going to paint the ceramics. Only hand painted, therefore it is a bit expensive.

When you enter the builing the reception is on your left hand. There you can wait for a guided tour. I really think that is the best way to do, because they will explain a lot. Or you can take a map with the subscription and walk by yourself trough the building. The first thing what impressed me very much was the tiled hallway. So very imposant and beautifull. (i hated it that i forgot my camera). In the beginning of this century tiles where "Hot" see the Jugendstill or Art Nouveau period.

You have the opportunity to see an audio presentation.

Or a painting demonstration (today's painters famous in about a 100 years, than you can leave that to your grand children, you have met a famous painter)

The museum has a lot of historical pieces of Delfts Blue.

You can follow the production process. (the factory itself is not very big).

And of course you will be thirsty after visiting this dusty hall, you can visit the Brasserie for a cup of coffee and cake.

If you want a guided tour it is the best to book it before visiting.

Opening Hours:

Monday-saturday 1 april-1 november 09.00-17.00

November-1 april closed on public holidays and sundays. And on 25 and 26 december and new years day.
This is the famous Tulip Vase
Lady with the milk
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gejah says:
it is real dutch. Famous all over the world. And nice. The factory is not that big. I thought it was large, but it is all hand made, so it can not be that big.
Posted on: Sep 19, 2010
davidx says:
I'd love to get here some time.
Posted on: Sep 19, 2010

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