De Porceleyne Schotel

24. De Porceleyne Schotel - The Porcelain Dish / Le plat de porcelain (workshop active from 1598 - 1791), Molslaan, south side, once run by Van Gogh. 'Names of houses' file mentions it in 1690 as Gekroonde Porseleine Schotel; also lists it in 1704.


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".

Translation from Trade Mark book 1764: "I the undersigned Johannes van Duijn, Delftware master living within the town of Delft, declare, fulfilling the orders of the Great Honorable Mayors and Aldermen of the town of Delft; given in the Ordnance of 9 April 1764, that my faience workshop standing at the south side of Molslaan is named De Porceleijne Schootel (The Porcelain Dish) which is also painted on the sign hanging-out, and that my goods shall be marked with the following trade mark letters: VDuijn."


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Notes: 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).

Mark not shown 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.



Launched January 2002.  Last update 25 October 2016.