Although the Delftware potters preferred to call their earthenware “porcelain”, it was only a cheaper version of the real Chinese porcelain.
The heat of the kiln caused the color to be fixed in place within the enamel.
Often the decoration in Dutch tiles appears to “run” or flow.
Delft Blue is the world-famous earthenware that has been produced in the city of Delft since the 17th century.
Between 16, this earthenware was popular among rich families who would show off their Delft Blue collections to one another.
The artisans who created tile designs are largely unknown; however, a few, like Pytter Grauda of Harlingen, can be identified.
From the 1740s on, Dutch tile makers and their marks were well-documented.
Blue and white corner motifs appeared in the Dutch tiles, and these combined to form secondary patterns in large tile installations.
Early in the 17th century, the demand for tiles increased as successful merchants built houses with large fireplaces that were often covered with tile.
Squares on the template were approximately 5.5 inches.
Before 1860, the template contained nails to hold the clay in place for cutting, so nail holes in tile corners help identify the time of production.
Online references can help research manufacturer marks.