All About the delft blue night watch artwork

The Delft Blue Night Watch can be seen at the Royal Delft museum in Delft in The Netherlands, with 480 tiles in the same size as the original that is exhibited in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

It was created at the turn of the century by two master painters of Royal Delft, who worked on it for more than a year.

This unique tableau has the same size (3.63 X 4.37 meter)as the original Nightwatch and was unveiled on the 21st of August 2000 by the former CEO of the Rijksmuseum accompanied by the former CEO of Royal Delft Museum. Each tile is 18 cm x 18 cm.

How is Delft Blue manufactured?

This craftsmanship of premium Delft Blue ceramics is the foundation and heart of Royal Delft. The process starts by applying the charcoal directly on the non-glazed tiles. Special brushes are used to freestyle forms and details. Subsequently they handcraft the tiles with cobalt oxide Delft Blue ceramic paint. During the final stage of the process all tiles are individually glazed and fired in the kilns, according to centuries-old recipe. The paint is water-based and color nuances are created by mixing the paint with water. Due to chemical reactions during the baking process, the black color hidden under the glaze changes to blue.