Villa LagoonTile can create the designs of ancient Delft Biblical Tiles on ceramic tiles 4.25" and 6" square.
These are reproductions of authentic 18th-century Georgian Manganese Delft Biblical Tiles, also available in Cobalt Blue. A different biblical story is depicted on each tile.
To find our reproduction Delft Biblical tile outside the United States, you can visit our United Kingdom and Australia stores, or see our Zazzle information page for links to visit our store in over 20 international versions.
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Our historic reproduction Delft Biblical tiles available to in the US, UK, Australia, and around the world provide an antique look at a steep discount, as compared to authentic antique tiles. As an added benefit, they come with none of the hassle of finding just enough matching tiles, nor the worry of accidentally damaging valuable antiques.
"It was a very low fire indeed; nothing on such a bitter night. He was obliged to sit close to it, and brood over it, before he could extract the least sensation of warmth from such a handful of fuel. The fireplace was an old one, built by some Dutch merchant long ago, and paved all round with quaint Dutch tiles, designed to illustrate the Scriptures. There were Cains and Abels, Pharaohs' daughters; Queens of Sheba, Angelic messengers descending through the air on clouds like feather-beds, Abrahams, Belshazzars, Apostles putting off to sea in butter-boats, hundreds of figures to attract his thoughts -- and yet that face of Marley, seven years dead, came like the ancient Prophet's rod, and swallowed up the whole. If each smooth tile had been a blank at first, with power to shape some picture on its surface from the disjointed fragments of his thoughts, there would have been a copy of old Marley's head on every one."
From the late 17th century to the mid 18th century, many of the Dutch tile makers produced tiles depicting the Old and New Testament biblical stories. These tiles were either painted in cobalt blue or manganese on a white background, with the Biblical scene usually enclosed in a circle.
These tiles were most popular in the rural areas of Holland, France, Belgium, Germany, and Denmark. No one knows how many were made and in what variations. Delft Biblical Tiles were used both as a reflection of the faith of the household, and as a learning tool for the children. They were generally installed as a fireplace surround, where the family would sit in the evening, enjoying the warmth of the fire and discussing the biblical scenes.
Today, there is a strong renewal in the interest in these wonderful small paintings, and many homes are being decorated with these early biblical tiles, both in fireplace surrounds and decorative tile backsplashes.
The term delft is derived from the Dutch town of Delft. The Netherlands began to produce tin-glazed earthenware in the late 15 century. Potteries were established in many parts of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, Haarlem and Rotterdam, but by the late 17 century Delft had become the most important centre of production and nearly 30 companies were working in the area. The original delft tile designs came about when Chinese porcelain stopped being imported in the mid 17 century and the popular Chinese wares were reproduced in blue and white.