|Holland based artist Cor Melchers painted scenes from across the Netherlands. The smaller canvasses cost about € 75, while the larger ones, including the incredibly beautiful scene from Delft (below, centre) cost upwards of € 100.
Shopping with the new church in the background; Melcher’s Delft; Works by abstract artist Jan Paludanus
Dolls’ day out
While dolls universally try and repair the damage done to their reputation by the 1988 horror flick Chucky, some antique dolls, or even those just a few decades old, don’t really help matters. Take, for instance, the dolls at the stall of the Hague-based special gifts shop, Tien. The stall had some really cool Harlequin-style dolls (Priced at € 20) and a lot of strange looking naked baby dolls. As someone who still has her baby doll from 26 years ago, I understand the appeal, but I’ll be honest and say, it’s also a little creepy. But, to add to the air of the quaint and mysterious, the shop also had some cool masks, old jewellery, hand made cushion covers and Renaissance art inspired photo albums.
|Scary dolls at the Tien stall and some really pretty ones too; Further down, at another stall, some dolls in need of urgent medical attention|
Dutch gender lessons
|A feminist manifesto or just a tile for € 3?|
For those who can read Dutch, there were a lot of old books on sale, very interesting looking books. A encyclopedia of magic dating back to god knows when, some popular fiction, an old, yellowing, hard bound tome of kitchen instructions and recipes. Sadly, this was one time I had to sit out on the book-shopping, but hopefully, but the next Whit Monday, I’ll at least be able to translate titles.
Some of my favourite things
Right at the entrance of end of the market, a Mineralogist had set up shop, and was attracting quite a few customers. After a detailed conversation about the person’s needs, ailments and other things (in Dutch), he would crush a little bit of one of his rocks and hand over the minerals very sagely.
|(From left) Recycle those cookie tins for €1; Beer on tap, literally; a beautiful home altar|
And, finally, that something blue
Blue and white tin-glazed pottery is a trademark of Delft, often even called Delftware. The style of pottery dates back to 1512, when it was first made in Antwerp by Guido da Savino. But, the potters in Delft specialised the art. Today, every curio shop in the city has knick-knacks made in blue and white – from windmills to china plates, miniature crockery to shoes of all sizes. While none of these are the trademarked Delft Blauw (Delft Blue originals, rare collectibles today), they are typical of this tiny town and a must-have for every resident and tourist.
|(From left)A cow-Bank for €1, I call him Mooses; the elephant of the east in Delft Blauw; tiles, in every colour, including the typical blue, at Tiles and Tiques|