Polychrome delft tiles

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by From the Workshop

Although most people associate 'delft' with blue decoration on white background, delft tiles have always been decorated in a range of glaze colours other than blue, notably crimson (or purple) and polychrome. For collectors, some of the most highly valued tiles are the polychrome delft tiles produced in Bristol in the mid-18th century.


The two examples below are Chinese scenes on an unusual light blue background with Bianco-sopra-bianco (white on white) framing, believed to be from the workshop of Richard Frank in Bristol in 1760-70 and currently held at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Very unlike the traditional view of delft tiles but demonstrating the versatility of the technique.


Early delft tiles