Museum Lambert van Meerten has a very extended collection of ordinary and decorative kitchenware and tableware. The collection of imported and early Dutch majolica shows the development of the multicoloured majolica to the famous blue and white Delftware.
Majolica is earthenware with yellow, blue, orange or green decorations on a layer of mainly white tin glaze (so called enamel). The saucers and small pots were originally imported from Southern Europe. The decorations have Spanish, Moorish and even Italian elements. Around the year 1550, majolica was also produced in the northern part of the Netherlands.
Especially in Delft, people started to experiment with white baked and glazed high quality earthenware with the famous blue motives. This was influenced by Chinese and Japanese porcelain, which reached Holland through the extended trade connections with the Far East.
Remarkable are the many Delft blue Cupboard vases. These richly decorated vases were placed symmetrically on top of cupboards, at the end of the 17th century.