Dutch Delft tile with a Frisian cargo boat

Local Frisian sailing boat on a Dutch tile

So called ‘Skûtsjes’ are typical sailing boats that were and still are being used in one of the most Northern provinces of the Netherlands; Friesland. These Frisian boats were originally ordinary cargo boats, but are nowadays used to race and thanks to that became an icon of Frisia.

This Delft tile shows one of these boats. The tile is decorated with ox-head corner patterns and was wade around 1650 in the city of Harlingen. Harlingen was home to several Dutch tile factories and the tiles they made are still considered to be among the most desired due to their deep blue colors and high quality painting.

More information about this specific tile can be found here.

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