- earthenware having an opaque white glaze with an overglaze decoration, usually in blue.
- any pottery resembling this.
Also delf [delf] /dɛlf/.
Origin of delft
First recorded in 1705–15; after Delft
Also called delft ware.
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Examples from the Web for delftware
Handle fragment from chamberpot or posset pot, English delftware, decorated with irregular horizontal stripes in blue.
See also knife; fork) Daniel, Daniel Mack, 42 delftware, 50 (illustr.
On the mantel stood a big tobacco jar of Delftware with the familiar windmill pattern.The Argus Pheasant
John Charles Beecham
It also points up the fact that delftware early went out of fashion among well-to-do families.
This slip created the superficial appearance of porcelain, as did tin enamel on the surface of delftware.
- a town in the SW Netherlands, in South Holland province. Pop: 97 000 (2003 est)
- Also called: delftware tin-glazed earthenware made in Delft since the 17th century, typically having blue decoration on a white ground
- a similar earthenware made in England
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Word Origin and History for delftware
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