Paleis Het Loo | Dutch Delftware in the palace gardens

Dutch Delftware in the palace gardens

From 18 June, 45 Delftware garden vases will be on display at Paleis Het Loo. The vases are produced based on three existing authentic vases, that were made in the 17th century for the first residents of Paleis Het Loo, King-Stadtholder Willem III and Queen Mary. Reintroducing the vases in the palace gardens is the finishing touch to the garden renovation. The project has been realised thanks to a generous donation of the BankGiro Loterij, with special thanks to the many participants of the Dutch cultural lottery.

tin glazing technique

Delftware vases

Tuinvaas in Delfts aardewerk van De Grieksche A 1686-1690, coll. Paleis Het Loo. Foto Tom Haartsen_vierkant

The garden vases have been reproduced in close collaboration with the Industrial Design faculty of the Technical University Delft, who used the latest technologies to scan the extant garden vases for the moulds. Production and hand-painting of the vases has been undertaken by Royal Tichelaar Makkum, using high-quality 17th-century tin-glazing techniques. In this way, innovation and craftsmanship was combined.

Mary door Adriaen de Hennin, 1677. Collectie Paleis Het Loo

Delftware vases were a very exclusive element in 17th-century Baroque gardens; they were filled with rare and precious plants, such as orange trees and pineapple plants. It was Queen Mary who laid the foundation for making Delftware a national Dutch icon. Unfortunately, all that remains of the original vases at Het Loo are broken pieces. Three original royal vases were found at various places in Europe – at Erddig Hall in Wales, at Schloss Favorite in Baden-Württemberg and in France – which served as example for the manufacturing of the vases in the palace gardens.

in the palace gardens


The vases will be on display in the palace gardens during the summer season (18 June to 23 October). Throughout the year, more information on this project can be seen in the East Wing. The presentation ‘Dutch Delftware in the palace gardens’ shows the production of the vases in text, objects and on film. Furthermore, it tells the story of Queen Mary’s love for both Delftware and the gardens.

The presentation in the East Wing is open from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.