Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Tuesday - Between kitsch and art in Delft

One of the most typical souvenirs people normally bring back from Holland are objects of all shapes and sizes decorated with the popular Delft blue motif.

Some of these are truly beautiful things, hand made in Holland and sold for an hefty price. Most of them however are poor imitations made most likely in the Far East, which is somewhat ironic, since the Delft Blue started their life as a cheaper imitation of the precious Chinese porcelains in the 17th century.

Wonderful objects, original masterpieces and cheap but amusing imitations are currently on display at the Keramiek Museum Het Prinsenhof in Delft, in an exhibition fittingly called "Delfts Blauw: kunst of kitsch".


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