Heinen Delft Blue is making the largest Delft blue vases of The Netherlands. The two impressive vases are over 3 meters high and will be displayed at the Jingdezhen International Ceramics Fair in China. After this fair they make a special journey to The Netherlands. The vases follow the trails of the century old porcelain route of the VOC (Dutch East Indian Company) to Holland. Once they are 'home' the vases will be displayed at several locations throughout the country so everyone can admire them.
The city of Jingdezhen can be seen as the birthplace of our current Delft blue porcelain. For over a thousand years artisans have perfected the art of blue-on-white porcelain in the oldest porcelain city of China. Every artist has it's own speciality. The city was so good at what it does that the emperor of the Jingde-dynasty rewarded the city with a new name: Jingdezhen was born. "Jingdezhen porcelain was known for being as thing as paper, as white as jade, as clear as a mirror and resonating like a bell", writes Leen Vervaeke in the newspaper Trouw. The nifty Dutch traders of the Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) brought the first Chinese porcelain back to The Netherlands on their ships. The products became extremely popular and formed the start of Delft blue as we know it today.
Jingdezhen and partner city Delft are connected with each other by sharing a love for handmade porcelain. That is why Heinen Delft Blue travels to the annual Jingdezhen International Ceramics Fair in China together with the municipality Delft. The two giant Delft blue vases will be a real eyecatcher at this fair. When the fair is over the two vases will travel, just like centuries ago, in the trail of the Dutch East Indian Company back to The Netherlands where they will be welcomed in Delft in a festive way. The vases continue their journey to different locations in the country so that every Delft blue-lover can admire those pieces of art themselves.
Have a look at the sneak preview below to get an idea of how the vases are being made right now: