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  • n. Alternative spelling of Delftware.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pottery made at the city of Delft in Holland; hence
  • n. Earthenware made in imitation of the above; any glazed earthenware made for table use, and the like.


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  • Made of a light-buff clay, and known as delftware, the tiles unearthed are decorated in blue, with a conventionalized design in each corner and

    New Discoveries at Jamestown Site of the First Successful English Settlement in America

  • A video piece of handwashing by Bruce Naumann sits comfortably with a splendid display of Delft tiles; and a blue-and-white chamber pot and several life-size sofa-type objects with their "backs" made from tons of processed human feces somehow go nicely with the 1661 English delftware plate deflatingly inscribed "You and I are Earth."

    Dishing the 'Dirt' on Filth

  • Mr. Sainsbury was passionate about English delftware pottery, and there are 80 lots in the sale all dating to the 1600s, including plates, tankards, jugs, wine bottles and vases.

    Sainsbury Sale Highlights

  • The shopwindows in this district were full of delftware—a cross between pewter and bone in broad daylight—and slabs of Belgian chocolate that stood as solid and brown as the earth itself.

    The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

  • To their left, under a dome of palms, was a marble basin, on the edges of which four large swans of delftware emitted the water from their beaks.

    Bel Ami

  • Striding towards the banquet-table with his flouncing companion at his side, Crockett secured a large delftware platter and commenced to fill it with a prodigious quantity of viands.


  • I have seen a man and wife drinking coffee from one small tin pan, their china and delftware having been left in fragments to decorate the desert wayside.

    Crossing the Plains, Days of '57 A Narrative of Early Emigrant Tavel to California by the Ox-team Method

  • Visions of blue and white delftware passed through our minds as we entered the old town, which hardly looks as though worldly automobilists would be well received.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • If you know delftware you will know from the delicate colouring of the blues and whites which is old and which is not.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • English sgraffito-ware, several incomplete earthenware holders, and parts of delftware candlesticks.

    New Discoveries at Jamestown Site of the First Successful English Settlement in America


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  • Tin-glazed earthenware with blue and white decorations. See also Delft.

    February 2, 2007