Buying delftware in Amsterdam vs Delft

May 14th, 2004, 07:22 PM
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Buying delftware in Amsterdam vs Delft

I read somewhere that the prices in Delft are lower than in Amsterdam. I am interested in the polychrome high quality pieces and would like to look at them in Amsterdam first (recommendations for where appreciated), then travel to Delft for 1/2 a day where I hope to find them for a better price.
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May 15th, 2004, 06:24 AM
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Be careful; there are many many knockoffs of Delft in Amsterdam.

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May 16th, 2004, 07:13 AM
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Thanks for the warning on knockoffs. What are some reputable stores in Amsterdam where one could buy good quality Delft pieces?
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May 16th, 2004, 07:37 AM
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Go to Delft to buy Delft- it is SUCH a beautiful city- my favorite in Holland- you won't see as many knock-offs there,as there is pride of origin-also, there are some great canal restaurants to while away the time- I highly recommend Delft for its medieval sights-also there flea markets on Sunday are a great way to find antique Delft pieces at bargain prices as well.
 
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If you want to buy authentic Delft ware, you have to go to Delft. Like Kleenex is synonomus with tissues, likewise, Delft ware is to blue & white pottery.

There are two remaining Delft potteries in Delft - Porcylene de Flys and De Delftes Pauw. When you buy an authentic piece from either of these potteries, you also will receive a certificate from the Chamber of Commerce recognizing your purchases as authentic Delft ware. And Delft ware is NOT just blue and white. Some of the multi-colored pieces are just exquisite.

I have visited both potteries and purchased several pieces from each and I prefer De Delftes Pauw. They will give you a free tour of the factory which conveniently ends up in their gift shop. Porcylene de Flys charges for their tour, and their prices for Delft ware are significantly higher. Be prepared to pay more, overall, for authentic Delft ware than what you will find in the local souvenir shops. A 5 inch vase was about $25 USD, salt & pepper shakers on tray about $35 USD. I believe Porcylene de Flys has a shop in Amsterdam, if you want to compare prices between the two cities.

I would recommend a 1/2 day journey to Delft, which is easily accessable by train. (If you need directions to De Delftse Pauw, please post.) It is a lovely town with beautiful canals, a GREAT Market Square complete with the Stadhuis and the Nieuwe Kerk, the Oude Kerk with it's leaning tower, and some great restaurants. While there, you can catch tram #1 to den Hague for a 1/2 day walk about if you have the time.

Have a safe and wonderful journey to Holland. Peace.

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Artstuff, The Blue Tulip in Delft doesn't do their own pottery? That's odd, as when we were there, we spent quite a bit of time watching the store owner, who was busy handpainting her pottery for sale. Very atractive, better than most of the things we saw in town.
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May 16th, 2004, 10:56 AM
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Thank you, I would love directions to De Delftes Pauw. I would also like to visit Porcylene de Flys in Amsterdam, does anyone know where it is? I like to look at things first and think about what I would really like to buy so it would be nice to have a preview before going to Delft. Is there anywhere in Amsterdam that has De Delftes Pauw Delftware? Also, do both factories produce the polychromatic Delftware? I also like the blue & white Delft plates with scenes on them, is one factory better than other for these? Thanks for all the information.
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May 16th, 2004, 12:14 PM
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yclarke123 -

You can check out the website for Delftse Pauw at:

www.delftsepauw.com

It is located on Delftweg. From Central Station take tram #1 (towards den Haag) to Vrijenbanselaan stop. From here it is approximately a 10 minute walk. Walk on Vrijenbanselaan in the same direction as the tram, to Pauwhof, make a left. This takes you through a little housing complex (road bends to the right). When you come to Pauwenstein, make a left, this brings you to Delftweg, make a left and De Delftse Pauw is right there on the left. (The watertower across the canal supposedly is an apartment).

I suppose that Porcylene de Flys also has a website (try a google search), and perhaps information about their store in Amsterdam. As far as the "polychromatic" Delft ware,...can't help you with that.

BTilke - I'm not familiar with the Blue Tulip in Delft. I'm only repeating what I was told on the factory tour at De Delftse Pauw, which I have taken 3 times (I keep going back for Christmas presents for everyone in the family). They indicated that only 2 Delft pottery factories in the town have received official recognition from the Chamber of Commerce, and a certificate from the Chamber accompanies each piece of Delftware purchased from either De Delftse Pauw or Porcylene de Flys.

Of course, we found that there were so many wonderful artists and interesting artwork in the Netherlands (and Europe), sometimes it's hard to make a decision, so I would suggest just buy what you like, what the pocketbook can afford, and what you can "schlepp" home.

If you're in Gouda, I recommend a visit to Adrie Moerings Pottery, at Pepperstraat #76. He's knows for his Gouda pipes. Peace.

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Are there any shops in Amsterdam with good selection of quality Delftware?
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Yes, there are stores in A'dam with Delftware. One of them is across from the Grasser Diamond Factory. Then there's another one underneath a tower, in the area of the Hotel Europa).

I would definitely visit Delft. It is my favorite town in the Netherlands.
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May 29th, 2004, 10:31 AM
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De Porceleyne Fles is in Delft, not Amsterdam:
http://www.royaldelft.com/defaulteng.htm
There are also several other small shops and factories that make and sell their own Delftware. For polychrome, however, you should stick to the Delftse Pauw and De Porceleyne Fles.
I live in Delft and I only like polychrome. Be sure to get to the museum Lambert van Meerten here in Delft as well: it has one of the largest collections of Delftware and Delft tiles in the world. Check out the tiles in the train station, the Delftware mosaic in the bike tunnel, and the "antique" pieces at the Saturday antique market. Enjoy!
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jenviolin -

"the Delftware mosaic in the bike tunnel,"

We stumbled upon the bike tunnel and it's interesting mosaic work while we were walking to De Porceleyne Flys (a good, hefty walk). We meandered around for 15-20 minutes, taking pitures and just discovering some of the hidden images. Being an Einstein fan, I really liked what they did with his face. Since we found this hidden gem by accident, we weren't even sure where we were. Do you have an address/directions to the bike tunnel? Peace.

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We'll be visiting Delft and would also love directions to the bike tunnel.
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Please, would love to see the delft tiles in the bike tunnel. Who can help with directions?
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Bike tunnel directions from town center, anyone out there?
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