28 February 2013

Holland-America Line

A curious cup base, in the form of ceramic tile, was a token from a Holland-America Line Captain, some months ago. By far the most original gift I've received in this professional life, it was also a surprise, since, until then, I believed the tile tradition to be mostly a Mediterranean one. I've learned later that the Dutch share with us that passion for centuries. In fact, one of their Masters, Willem van der Kloet (Rotterdam, 1666-1747) was one of the most respected in his era and he left extensive work also in Portugal.