Dating delft tiles
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The term’ delftware’ is generally used to indicate functional or decorative earthenware pottery covered with an opaque white tin glaze on which decorations have been painted in blue or other colours.
They have been used for hundreds of years, and Harlinger is especially good at re-creating the look of antique Dutch tiles.
Delft tiles are perfect for kitchen backsplash and fireplace installations: All delftware is fired to over 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit in the production process, delft tiles will easily handle any normal household application, including fireplace surrounds and kitchen backsplashes.
Since they were mainly applied to walls and fireplaces, they belong to the history of architectural ceramics.
Their prime purpose was functional but the many scenes and decorations painted on them have made them a fascinating field of study, which is one reason why they are now eagerly collected or carefully preserved in situ.