Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Dutch Tile

The Dutch have a fondness for tiles, mostly Delft Blue. It started in the 16th century with the finer work from the town of Delft. Inspired by the Chinese painted porcelain, they painted biblical scenes, professions, trades and Dutch landscapes. They exported throughout Europe but a good selection remained in the Netherlands. I was given these tiles 50 years ago and just recently hauled them out of storage. They were made by Villeroy & Boch between 1900 and 1925 and was retrieved from a renovation at an old canal house on Amsterdam's Keizergracht. The more modern versions of these tiles are Birth Tiles, giving the child's name, birth date, weight and time the were born. 

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