Explore the history of the Delft Blue artwork features in the Rijksmuseum collection.

In the heart of the Rijksmuseum, amidst the hallowed halls that echo with the whispers of history, resides a collection of Delft Blue artwork that tells a captivating tale of Dutch craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity.

The origins of Delft Blue trace back to the early 17th century in the city of Delft, where Dutch potters sought to emulate the porcelain imported from China. Inspired by the delicate blue and white ceramics, they embarked on a journey to create their own unique interpretation. This marked the birth of Delftware, a distinctive style characterized by intricate blue patterns on a crisp white background.

The Delft Blue artwork displayed in the Rijksmuseum encapsulates the essence of this historical journey. Each piece is a testament to the meticulous artistry and innovation of the Delft potters who sought to capture the elegance of the East in their European creations.

The inspiration behind Delft Blue often draws from diverse sources, including nature, mythology, and daily life. From ornate tulip vases adorned with delicate blooms to charming scenes of Dutch canals and windmills, each piece reflects a fusion of cultural influences that defined the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic.

Technically, Delft Blue involves a meticulous process of hand-painting intricate designs on ceramic pieces, followed by a delicate glazing and firing process. The signature blue pigment, derived from cobalt oxide, undergoes a transformative journey in the kiln, emerging as vibrant, durable patterns that stand the test of time.

As you stand before these exquisite works of art in the Rijksmuseum, you are transported back to an era where craftsmanship flourished, and artistic expression knew no bounds. The Delft Blue pieces serve not only as aesthetic marvels but also as historical artifacts, preserving the cultural legacy of a bygone era.

Through the centuries, Delft Blue has become more than just pottery; it's a symbol of Dutch identity and a bridge between the past and the present. Its influence can be seen not only in museum collections but also in modern interpretations that continue to honor and evolve this cherished tradition. So, as you immerse yourself in the intricate details and timeless beauty of the Delft Blue artwork at the Rijksmuseum, remember that you are witnessing not just pottery but a living chronicle of Dutch artistry and innovation, a narrative that continues to captivate and inspire across generations.

In our "Memory of Holland" collection, we proudly present a variety of gift sets inspired by the exquisite Delft Blue artwork featured in the Rijksmuseum. Explore and purchase them now on our webshop. Happy shopping!

DELFT BLUE, Luxury Gift Set


 This Gift Set contains the following products:

  • Expresso Set, Delft Blue Birds, Rijksmuseum
  • Set: Mug & Tray, Delft Blue Birds, Rijksmuseum
  • Tea Towel, Delft Blue Birds, Rijksmuseum
  • Storage Tin, Delft Blue Birds, with Syrup Waffles, Rijksmuseum
  • Thermos Water Botlle, Delft Blue Birds,  500 ML Gift Set
  • Beautiful cylinder box with the same artwork as the IZY bottle
  • Magnetic Bookmark, Delft Blue Tiles