The foundation of the industry was created by Italian craftsmen who had the knowledge and skill to produce tiles. Many of them had settled in the sixteenth century in the city of Antwerp, Belgium, at that time the most important (sea) port of the Low Countries. Many of them particularly moved to the Netherlands afther the Spanish conquest of Antwerp in 1585. At that same time, Dutch potters already had some success on their own with blue and white earthenware, mainly inspired by Chinese porcelain that was brought home from their overseas trips.





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