The 2000 "Royal Kingston, Royal Delft" Exhibition

The "Royal Kingston, Royal Delft" exhibition was held during September-October 2000 in Kingston-upon-Thames, attracting many visitors from Holland, Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan as well as Great Britain.

This was a major exhibition of 17th to 20th Century Delftware drawn mainly from two private collections (previously never exhibited). The exhibition took place in the Kingston Museum, Kingston upon Thames in Autumn 2000. Entitled "Royal Kingston, Royal Delft", the exhibition marked the links between the twinned Dutch city of Delft and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, now a part of greater London.

The exhibition included video presentations on modern Delftware production, illustrated by a display of production techniques. Contemporary pieces of modern designer Delftware and special Millennium pieces were also shown. It is believed to have been the largest display of Delft exhibited in Britain in the last 100 years.

A catalogue was produced for the exhibition, complete with colour and black and white photographs of many of the pieces on display, together with a short history of Delftware. A few Exhibition catalogues are still available from

The Grade II-listed Kingston Museum, was built in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie, the well-known Scottish-American steel baron and philanthropist. The museum has a number of permanent displays of local and national interest, as well as numerous visiting exhibitions.

Exhibition photographs

Some photographs of pieces in the exhibition are available here.

New book

More information about the products of the factory and the history of De Porceleyne Fles can be found in the new authoritative book called Royal Delft: A Guide to De Porceleyne Fles.

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