Dutch Delftware as an export product
Dutch Delftware is one of the most well-known products to come forth from the Dutch 17th and 18th centuries. During the last one hundred and fifty years many people and museums have created collections of Dutch Delftware. Two of the most important collections are to be found in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and in the Gemeente Museum, The Hague.
Interest in Dutch Delftware diminished around 1850 until a sensational exhibition took place in Delft in 1863 creating a revival of historical interest for a new generation. From this moment Dutch Delftware became, once again, widely collected and a serious subject of study.
The difference between rich and poor was also much smaller in The Netherlands than it was elsewhere.
The Republic of the United Provinces of The Netherlands was a phenomenon amongst the monarchies of Europe. Without a ruling monarch at that time it became an economic and political powerhouse in the second half of the 17th century. Together with its economic development, amassed wealth and the highest average per capita income, The Netherlands emerged as a major trade power on the world stage.
The difference between the rich and the poor was much smaller in The Netherlands compared to those in other European countries, creating a broad well to do middle class society who could afford a wide range of luxuries.