Many chargers have marks for the 18th-century factory in which they were made. Eleven of the chargers have factory marks:
Seven were made by “The Claw”.
Two were made by De Porceleyne Lampetkan
One was made by “The Ax.”
De Metalen Pot made one.
And seven had no factory marks.
Having no mark is not unusual as many of the 18th century Dutch Delft factories did not mark their wares.
Background of Delft
The technique of making Delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “The Delft Pottery Maker,” written in 1794 and dedicated to Lambertus Sanderus, the owner of De Porceleyne Claeuw (The Porcelain Claw). Delft faience began in the 17th century. Much of the most beautiful Delft was produced in the Dutch city of Delft. The Delft potters began to coat their pots thoroughly in a white tin glaze. They then covered the white tin-glaze with a clear glaze, giving depth to the fired surface and smoothness to cobalt blues. Over time they created a good resemblance to porcelain. By circa 1650, the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and Delft began its golden age.
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