Delft Tile Tour of Van Cortlandt House Museum

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Delft Tile Tour of Van Cortlandt House Museum

Get a behind-the-scenes tour and close-up look of the Delft tiles that decorate Van Cortlandt House Museum's period rooms.

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6036 Broadway 6036 Broadway The Bronx, NY 10471

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The Delft tiles found at the Van Cortlandt House Museum are often thought of as quintessentially Dutch. However, Dutch manufacturers only started producing Delft tiles after Dutch traders encountered Chinese blue and white decorated porcelain in the 1600s. The Chinese manufacturers themselves had been inspired by the blue and white pottery that originated from Persia. Delft tiles, while a symbol of the Netherlands, is the product of several different cultures.

Experienced docent Paul Herther will conduct a guided tour of the museum’s delft tiles, including those on display and those previously unseen by the public within our collection. Paul will go over the history of delft tiles and the tilemaking process in the 17th to 18th centuries, including manufacturing and artistic choices. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the intricate tiles that graced Dutch and early American fireplaces and their unexpected global ties, here’s your chance!

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