Delph, a corruption of the name of the Dutch town of Delft, has entered the Irish vocabulary as a blanket description for all pottery, from the mass produced to the highly collectable real deal.
A forthcoming Bonham’s sale has several rare examples of 18th-century Irish Delftware.
Delftware is earthenware dipped in lead glaze which is made white and opaque by the addition of tin oxide, thus giving it an excellent surface for painting.
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