Exhibition – Ships on Delft tiles

For our Dutch readers and possible visitors from abroad, this coming Friday (the 13th of May 2016) a wonderful exhibition of four centuries of Dutch tiles with ships will be opened in museum ‘Hannemahuis’ in the city of Harlingen.

Tiles with ships were made from the end of the 16th century until the 1920’s. These four centuries have been captured in the exhibition ‘Vierkante schepen: schepen op tegels’, which will show the diversity and popularity of these type of tiles and murals throughout time.

At the time these tiles were made they were considered to be a cheap way of decorating a wall, but nowadays original antique tiles are often sought after by passionate collectors.

The exhibition in the Hannemahuis has been made possible by the largest private collection of Dutch tiles with ships in the world. It contains 300 different type of tiles, tile murals and rare plaques with all kinds of different ships dating from the 17th century, such as warships, tradeships, fishing boats, whale-boats and so on. Some tiles have been painted extensively, while others have received a minimalistic treatment.

Even more extraordinary is a small number of polychrome tiles with one of them depicting a rowing boat that was made around 1600 in Rotterdam. Harlingen, the location of the museum, is also represented by two wonderful tile murals dating from the 18th century that were by the Harlinger earthenware and tile painter Pals Karsten.

Addition to tiles with ships the exhibition also shows tiles with sea monsters and mermaids, just as tiles with biblical scenes such as Noah’s Ark and Jonah and the whale.

The displayed tiles will be complemented with relevant prints and models coming forth from several private collections.

The exhibition will be available from the 14th of May until the 16th of September 2016.

More information can be found on the website of the museum: www.hannemahuis.nl

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