Tichelaar Makkum large polychrome handpainted tin glazed beer stein / mug

$62.10

Shipping to United States: $31.61

Large (500 ml) handpainted beer stein / mug made between 1948 and 1979 by Tichelaar in Makkum, the Netherlands. The mug is decorated in a Delft / Frisian style using blue, green and russet (reddish brown) colours against a white tin-glaze background. The decoration is symmetrical on both sides when seen from the handle.

The bottom of the mug is signed with a handpainted Tichelaar Makkum mark (used between 1948 and 1979 by Tichelaar), a model / catalogue number (946) and the painters signature (J.V., from Mr. Jetze Visser).

This mug is handmade according to century-old traditions identical to how 17th or 18th century Delftware was made. The earthenware (made from local yellow clay) is shaped by hand in moulds and after a first firing glazed with an opaque white tin-glaze. The colours are then painted on this glaze and fused with it through a second firing. This creates a product with a beautiful and unique appearance. Tichelaar is the only remaining Delftware producer in the Netherlands that still follows this procedure.

This mug is meant to be a decorative item, but can actually be used for drinking. It is quite sturdy and fully glazed (except the footring). Just keep in mind that large temperature differences may cause crazing of the glaze. So it is not recommended to put the mug in a dishwasher, it would be much better to always carefully wash it by hand. And you could use it as a large coffee or tea mug (it would be a very cool office mug), but then you have to accept that there will be some increased crazing (which can actually look fine too).

As a decorative item it looks fine on its own, but it can also be used as a small flower vase, a pen holder, utensil holder, etcetera.

A really nice piece of Delftware from the oldest Delftware producer in the Netherlands.

Made by: Royal Tichelaar

Place of manufacture: Makkum, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1948 and 1979

Model (catalog) nr.: 946

Method of decoration: handpainted (tin-glaze)

Size: height: 11,3 cm, diameter: 10,5 cm (14,4 cm with ear),

Contents: 500 ml for normal use, 600 ml when filled to the brim

Weight: 335 g

Condition: very good, the only defect are two tiny fleabites to the glaze of the rim (see pictures), which are hardly noticeable. Apart from this, the mug is in an excellent condition, as new. There is no crazing and the glaze is in a very good condition, with a nice gloss and no noticeable wear or scratches. The colours are nice and vivid. The inside is also very clean (as new).

Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.

Current catalogue price: not available, this exact model is not being offered anymore by Tichelaar today. You can find the current price for other handpainted tableware on the website of Tichelaar here: https://www.tichelaar.com/shop/fine-ceramics/tableware.

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About Tichelaar:

Royal Tichelaar is located in a small fishing village in the north of the Netherlands, Makkum. The history of the company goes way back to 1572, making it the oldest continuously operating company in the Netherlands. Tichelaar means "tile-maker", and at first the factory only produced bricks and tiles, but around 1700 production also started of tin-glazed household and ornamental dishes. After 1890 a large part of the production became oriented towards ornamental Delftware in various forms and styles. Tichelaar uses a yellow baking clay for their products, which is locally excavated. After baking it receives a white tin-glaze and is subsequently decorated. This is the way all Delftware was produced centuries ago, and Tichelaar is the only remaining factory to still do so. Other Delftware producers in the Netherlands around 1900 switched to painting directly on white baking clay without the extra layer of tin-glaze. True to the spirit of tradition, Tichelaar keeps mechanisation to a minimum and all items remain handpainted. The quality of the handpainting is very good, it has a distinctive "Frisian" character that is very recognisable.

Tichelaar today still produces Delftware, but on a limited scale. The traditional production process makes that the items are nowadays very costly to produce, and for many too expensive to buy. There is no production for stock anymore, but items are still produced in batches for larger orders or for individual orders accumulated through their website (about 4x per year). The company nowadays has its main focus on producing speciality tiles, with special glazes for architecture / building purposes. More information can be found on their website: https://www.tichelaar.com/.

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This beautiful piece will be carefully packed and send by tracked and insured mail.

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If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may contact us within 14 days from the delivery date to return the item. If the item is returned in its original condition, we will issue a refund for the total purchase price of the item (return shipping costs are however not covered).

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How do you pack your items, will my item arrive safely?

Broken ceramics is a thing we do not like! Not only is it a waste of time and money, but it also (often) means the end for a rare and unique item, which was treasured and cared for by their previous owners. So we really want to avoid any damages during shipping!
We have lots of experience of shipping ceramics, and we have seen what works and what does not work to protect ceramics during transit. If we ship multiple items in one package, each item is carefully wrapped and kept well seperated from the other items. We use large boxes, with plenty of buffer all around the items, so the packages can withstand a lot of abuse. All our packages should be able to cope with a 1,5 m drop without the items getting damaged.

Do you take care of the environment?

Yes we do. We re-use packaging materials as much as possible, which means we rarely have to buy new materials for our packaging. Only foam peanuts are sometimes bought by us, in which case we choose starch based peanuts which are fully biodegradable, non-toxic and water-soluble.
Each year, we calculate the greenhouse gas emissions in CO2-equivalents caused by our shipping. We multiply that amount by 150% and then offset it in certified CO2 compensation projects based on tree planting / reforestation in Bolivia and Uganda. See https://treesforall.nl/en/project/ for more information on the projects.

How should I take care of my Dutch ceramics?

First of all, don't let them fall! Always handle them in a mindful way and put them in spots where they cannot be accidentally bumped over when cleaning or vacuuming. Some people put some (clean) sand in vases to make them more stable.
Second, don't clean them too often! Underglaze painted Gouda and Delftware can be perfectly cleaned with water if necessary, but often just dusting them off or polishing them up a bit with a soft dry cloth is enough. Overglaze painted items should not be cleaned too often.
The colours of ceramics do not fade in sunlight, so you can put them in bright spots where they look good. But do avoid large temperature differences, which will cause increased crazing in many Delftware and also Gouda type pieces.

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