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Red, green and gold: Japanese colour patterns in Dutch Delftware

Inspired by the Chinese Kraak porcelain, the earliest Dutch Delftware closely followed its blue-and-white appearance. It was indeed the blue decoration that earned Delftware its popular nickname ‘Delft Blue’. But in the late seventeenth century, potters in Delft began to make earthenware that was painted in a range of colour patterns, adding red, green and even gold to the colour schemes. What was the reason for this change of colour palette? Was the blue and white no longer appealing to their clientele?

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