Delftware Wonderware

Images for this exhibition

  • Departed Glory, Wieki Somers, porselein, 2007, middenstuk: Delfts aardewerk, circa 1690, H totaal 92,8 cm, collectie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

  • Nijntje spaarpot, ontwerp: Dick Bruna, uitvoering: De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles/ Royal Delft, porselein, 2012, H 18 cm, collectie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

  • Foto: Gerrit Schreurs

Delftware Wonderware

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag possesses one of the largest and finest collection of Delftware in the world.

These unique pieces are to feature in an enchanting new exhibition that opens on 1 December 2012. Delft Blue pottery was first created in the city around 1660, when Vermeer painted his famous View of Delft. The magnificent pieces produced in those early days will be on display in all their glory this winter.

The permanent exhibition View of Delftware, comprising over 235 items, will be a dynamic presentation that gives a unique view of the Delftware industry through the ages. The highlights of the collection include a number of tulip vases. These impressive pieces, with spouts to hold tulips, were a fusion of Eastern and Western forms, decorative motifs and Asian porcelain.

The Delftware produced centuries ago continues to fascinate. The Gemeentemuseum will also be showing how contemporary designers are still inspired by the Delftware of yesteryear. So come to Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and discover four centuries of Delftware!

Explore Delftware with your children or grandchildren on the special children’s tour, or in the special children’s book being published to accompany the exhibition.