The Influence of Dutch Delft on the Northern European Ceramics Factories
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About the Event
In this lecture Robert will start with a quick glance back at the history that gave rise to the successful two centuries of production of ceramics in the western Dutch city of Delft. He will touch on the influence of the Dutch East India traders (VOC) and the trade routes through Italy and Spain, and the Fall of Antwerp in 1585, which brought the knowledge of producing ceramics to the Netherlands. At this point he will show several images of objects exemplary of what the factories produced between 1650 and 1850, but it doesn’t end there, as it usually does. Robert will for the first time and especially for the Connecticut Ceramics Circle also be speaking about the inspiration that Delft gave to other factories in Northern Europe and even beyond. Mainly factories in Northern France were looking north and new owners there brought skilled Dutch workers and painters to their factories and negotiated privileges to produce “faience as good and as beautiful as that of the Netherlands” from the 1750’s. Robert will show side-by-side Delftware objects and similar objects from other factories and he has a treat in store for us; for those who are able to, please watch the webinar on a separate screen and keep your smartphone ready for instructions during the webinar.