A potted history of Delft from the World’s End

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.

24th April, 2010

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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