More about Descoware colors Originally, the colors available were the Red/Orange “Flame” (gradient), as well as a beautiful Sunny Yellow (solid).
As time progressed, other colors that were released were Antique Gold (solid), Avocado Green (solid), Marigold Yellow (gradient), Sky Blue (gradient), Chocolate Brown (solid), and a very short run of Turquoise (solid) which was released under the Descoware Special line.
When fired, the enamel glazed, creating a non-porous surface that was easier to clean than exposed metal.
White was a standard color on enamelware since that gave plates, mugs, ladles, and coffee pots a bright, sanitary appearance....
In 1754, the count of Bergh was a financial backer and a land owner in the founding of the ‘Ysermoelen’ at Huis Ulft, for example.
In 1811, the two families came to own the factory, which is when it was given the name Diepenbrock and Reigers Ulft (DRU).
In the 18th century, the factory mainly made fireplace firebacks, cannonballs, pots and basic heaters.
The following article was not written for this site. The original was here: that site seems to have gone away. She praised it highly for its quality and durability. By the mid-1970’s, further loss of market share to Le Creuset (who had begun a very aggressive marketing campaign) and other French cookware manufacturers such as Cousances and Staub (another French culinary mainstay), combined with cheaper labor costs and raw materials readily available in Asia, led GHC to shift manufacture of its enameled cast iron line to Japan as well; however, this was short-lived, as the American market was not overly receptive to the new product (known as Finesse), even though it started offering the designer colors so craved by the buying public.
I (Kevin) don’t mean to trample on anyone’s copyrights… Descoware originally was known as Bruxelles Ware at its inception. The first Finesse products were made in Belgium, then later production moved to Japan.
(The latter two patterns are sometimes confused with DRU pieces from Holland, as they look strikingly similar.) NOTE: In addition to the above colors/patterns being released under license of the Descoware name, the following colors of enameled cast iron wares were also manufactured at the Oudenaarde foundry, marketed independently or under contract to other brands: Moss Green (solid color, unmarked), Jadeite green (solid color, unmarked) and Cornflower Blue (solid color, unmarked).