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Delft tiles
Greetings all and hope you are all well.

Is there a general rule of thumb in circulation that can discriminate between 17th century and 18th century blue and white delft tiles? They are the off-white hand-painted square tiles used in kitchens and fireplaces etc. There seems to be plenty of designs and apparently were churned out in the hundreds of millions by the Dutch.

I hoped that dimensions may have been key in dating them but as it turns out, 12.7cms and 13.0 cms appear in both periods. Obviously, if the subject matter provides typological clues ( period dress, vernacular architecture etc) that can help but not all tiles are so helpful. Anyone?

If anyone knows of a good website address that would be good too. Many thanks and best wishes to all......have my first day off in yonks so huzzah for me and my overactive XBox thumbs.
A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America by Ivor Noel Hume (from memory has dating evidence-more to do with the corner definition of tin glazed tiles (Delft is a collectors term- D-dutch, d-generic for Dutch and English).
The Museum of London archive has a good selection of tin-glazed tiles and there is the book by Roy Stephenson and Ian Betts (also MoL) on the London 'delft' industry...
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
There's also the rather beautiful new book 'Tin-Glazed Tiles from London' by Ian Betts and Rosemary Weinstein, which looks at tiles found in London in buildings and from excavation.

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