Delftware Ointment Pots & Tin Glaze Pots
 
This page is dedicated to tin glazed / Delftware pots produced from retailers in the U.K. and France.  
 
The term 'Delftware' was widely used in the 18th century to refer to tin-glazed earthenware that was made in Britain, 
rather than the pottery made in the Dutch town of Delft. 
The pottery was produced on a commercial scale in London in the 16th century and remained popular until the 18th century at which time it declined due to competition from regional potteries such as those based in Staffordshire. The major production centres in Britain were in London close to the river Thames at Lambeth, Southwark and at Vauxhall. Regional centres then followed located in Liverpool and in Bristol.
Delftware is a type of tin-glazed earthenware. Pots were fired at a low temperature then dipped in a tin oxide glaze to make them white and opaque. The design was then hand-painted onto the surface and it was re-fired. Delftware arrived in England around 1567 when Dutch potters fled Antwerp following religious persecution. 

The majority of Delftware ointment pots were plain glazed pots of various shapes and sizes without any markings. Some pots however do bear patterns and designs but these are quite rare.  
Rarer still are pots with the manufacturers name on, hand painted inscriptions and often of crude making with various styles of script. 

The majority of Delftware pots that have survived until today carry some form of damage due to the nature of their construction; such as chipping in the glaze, more frequently chipping located around the top rim 
and on the bottom edges. Body glaze chipping is also quite common. The majority of the pots were produced for retailers in the UK but also many can be found for retailers in France.
 
I imagine very few collectors of these pots have been able to amass a collection due to their rarity with the majority of the delftware pots probably held in private institutional collections (museums). 
Rare as hens teeth comes to mind......
I have also been granted permission able to include on this page some pictures of fabulous Delftware pots from private collections for you to see and enjoy. 

My thanks to the owners for granting me this permission to include the pictures on this site. There are many more shown in the 

I am fortunate enough to own some of these French pots in my collection. 

There is a separate gallery for the VF - Veuve Farnier pots (eye ointment / salve) at the bottom of this page.



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              The following gallery shows tin glazed Delftware pots produced for retailers in France.


 
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 This pot carries a paper label for 
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Quite an unusual pot made for
Ed Pinaud, the Parisian Perfumer

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Two plain looking tin glazed pots with
no transfer around the body. However
the pots have a transfer on the
underside, plain blue glazed body.

From Laugier of Paris.

Pot on the left - Father & Son, the pot
on the right - Father & Sons
 
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Another plain looking tin glazed pot
with no transfer around the body.
However the pot has a transfer on the underside, plain blue glazed body.

From L.T.Piver of Paris.

Earthenware pot, very fragile 
construction
and the damage shown is quite typical for
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A superb example of an unopened
tin glaze pot with its original metallic
cap tied in place with some thin twine,
its original paper label describing the
contents  and a seal of the pharmacy
based in the Loire (France) that sold 
the item.

An Antiseptic Oinment of the
Baroness Durand !

The price - 4 francs

To cure some serious ailments 
according to the label.

Craint l'humidite - keep dry !

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2 different hand written early 
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from the St.Denis area of Paris for
 the company Huve

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Antoine Dissey
Established in 1774
In 1793 Antoine Dissey associated with L.T. Piver
Pierre Guillame Dissey

Louis Toussaint Piver    (L.T. Piver)
The earlier pots carried the name Dissey et Piver.
L.T. Piver became sole owner in 1818
This sole name was adopted for the products (pots?)  in 1823

Laugier Pere et Fils           (Father & sons)
Established at L'abbe no 26, Rue Bourg Paris 1814

Pierre Francis Lubin
This company was founded in 1798

Guerlain
Apparently this is the oldest French perfumer in France
In 1828 Pierre Francois Pascal Guerlain opened a boutique at 42 Rue de Rivoli.
An address change occurred to 11 Rue de la Paix.  (see the pot pictured in the gallery above)

Guerin (Germaine)

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The following pots are a little later and are tin glazed earthenware French Pharmacie pots

 
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   V.F  Pots  - Veuve Farnier

Pots with the initials VF are French tin glazed (technically called 'Faience') ophthalmic eye ointment pots. The 'VF' are the initials for Veuve Farnier, the widow Farnier, who had a family chemist shop in the town of Theviers, France.  They can date from around 1800 to about 1850. The eye ointment of the widow Farnier, was created in 1764. The maiden name of the widow was Theulier. This ointment was produced and distributed by the family.  In the nineteenth century, Dr. Jules Theulier was nicknamed "a physician of the poor" for his charity and kindness, and in recognition of his work, a street in Theviers bears his name
The very early pots bear hand painted initials, and after that, they were stenciled.

Below is a gallery of some of these pots which are all variants in print, shape and size. The early first hand painted ones are of course the most desirable, the first three shown in the gallery below. 
The others are stencilled - all underglaze transfers.


 
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Further information regarding the history of the Delftware pots can be found in the Historical Guide to Deltware and Victorian Ointment Pots book produced by Messrs. Houghton & Priestley.