1. China (workshop active from 1654 - 1743) Nieuwe Langendijk, north side. And behind Trompet treet.

Founded by Dirch Jeronimuszoon van kessel

No image of a mark of the China workshop is available to this author at the moment.

Delftware Connoisseurship

A serious collector of Delftware will attempt to identify and date the object. On Delft blue plates and other Delftware objects such as jugs, a potters mark may give a first indication. One should always treat potters marks with caution. Marks must be considered as just one indication.


Masters & apprentices

All masters and apprentices working at this workshop had to be inscribed in the Delft St Luke Guild Book. In 1877 this book was published in a 120 page text by Obreen. In 2002 this text has been scanned and is now available and fully searcheable on this internet site. See the yellow field on top; first click the heading Delft Artists & Patrons and then click Obreen. The full text is in Dutch. Spelling varies; in order to find masters or apprentices of a faience workshop (plattielbackers, plateelbacker, platielbacker) search for the letters "plat".


Full presentation at http://www.xs4all.nl/~kalden Email the author at kalden@xs4all.nl

All questions about identifying, dating, valuing, buying and selling: please go to www.Aronson.nl.


Notes: No further detail in the Delft Municipal Archives 'Names of houses' file, which holds thousands of small index cards written in the 19th and 20th century. Thanks to the Delft Archives Staff for their help and enthusiasm. A well researched two volume book on Delftware is Marion S. van Aken-Fehmers et al, Delfts Aardewerk, Geschiedenis van een nationaal product, published jointly by Waanders, Zwolle & Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, 1999 (part 1) and 2001 (part 2). No mark in Jean Justice, 'Dictionaire des marques et monogrammes de la faience de Delft', Gand/Gent 1901.

How did they make Delft blue faience? text in English

Hoe maakte men Delfts blauw plateel? Tekst in het Nederlands.

Visit The Hague municipal Gemeentemuseum site on Delft Blue.



For more information on Dutch Delftware, you may wish to contact Aronson Antiquairs of Amsterdam | Sinds 1881, an elegant gallery on the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat in Amsterdam, specializing in Dutch Delftware, run by Robert Aronson ­ fifth generation in a traditional family business founded in 1881.

Launched January 2002. Last update 25 October 2016.