Dutch Delftware

Paleis Het Loo is closed

Due to the Renewal & Renovation.

1 June 2021 - 26 September 2021

Delftware vases

At Paleis Het Loo 45 Delftware garden vases are on display. The vases are produced based on three existing authentic vases, that were made in the 17th century for the first residents of Paleis Het Loo, King-Stadtholder Willem III and Queen Mary. Reintroducing the vases in the palace gardens in 2016 was the finishing touch to the garden renovation. This project was realised thanks to a generous donation of the BankGiro Loterij, with special thanks to the many participants of the Dutch cultural lottery.

Dutch Delftware in the palace gardens _Paleis Het Loo
header – Delfts blauw in de paleistuinen _ Paleis Het Loo

17th century techniques

The garden vases have been reproduced in close collaboration with the Industrial Design faculty of the Technical University Delft, who used the latest technologies to scan the extant garden vases for the moulds. Production and hand-painting of the vases has been undertaken by Royal Tichelaar Makkum, using high-quality 17th-century tin-glazing techniques. In this way, innovation and craftsmanship was combined.

Queen Mary

Delftware vases were a very exclusive element in 17th-century Baroque gardens; they were filled with rare and precious plants, such as orange trees and pineapple plants. It was Queen Mary who laid the foundation for making Delftware a national Dutch icon. Unfortunately, all that remains of the original vases at Het Loo are broken pieces. Three original royal vases were found at various places in Europe – at Erddig Hall in Wales, at Schloss Favorite in Baden-Württemberg and in France - which served as example for the manufacturing of the vases in the palace gardens.