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  • Delftware, but made after 1850 After 1850, the earthenware production technique changed at the only remaining pottery in Delft. This technique goes beyond the scope of this website. Read more
  • More recent production technique After 1850, factories in and outside Holland developed more efficient and cheaper production techniques. This goes beyond the scope of this website. Read more
  • Hand-painted An important characteristic of authentic Delftware is that it is hand-painted. Printing techniques do not occur on this earthenware. Read more
  • Mark of a Delft pottery/factory In the 19th century, a financial incentive arose to sell more new earthenware as antique Delftware, sometimes even bearing fake Delft factory marks. Read more

Dear Jim, your vase was made in Delft! It is marked for the Royal Delft factory, the only 17th century pottery still in production today in Delft. The vase is beautifully handmade, but not antique. The initials DI underneath the mark date it to 1989.

The pattern with underglaze blue and overglaze red and gilding is famous. It was first used by the Greek A pottery in Delft in the period 1701-1722. We call it a 'chinoiserie' because the garden scenes with birds were imitated and adapted from Chinese porcelain.

Royal Delft is known for making beautiful versions of this pattern throughout the 20th century. On the lower left are the painter's initials APR of painter A. Pronk, active 1980-1996.