Ceramic Delftware has never been more popular or collectible. This important new book documents the world's most famous and oldest surviving Dutch Delftware factory, De Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft), which dates back to 1653. Publication of this volume coincides with the 350th Jubilee celebrations of the factory in 2003. Beautiful plates, vases, covered pots, candlesticks, clocks, tableware, tiles, and watering cans are all here, from inexpensive pieces to breathtaking artwork worth tens of thousands. More than 650 color photographs show the distinctive quality and over 100 archival black and white photos are largely drawn from factory sales catalogs. Rick Erickson provides a wealth of detail to attract and teach the novice enthusiast while also inspiring the knowledgeable veteran collector. This important reference includes guides to original and current prices, rarity, factory marks, year codes, and painter's signatures.
Rick Erickson has a professional background in organ and choral music and a deep interest in history and Dutch ceramics. In 2000, he mounted a notable exhibition in London, "Royal Kingston, Royal Delft," and is widely considered an authority on Porceleyne Fels.