Flower pyramids are especially considered to be the finest specimen of ceramic art of the period. Only a few of 160cm tall piled-up vases have survived; some made for Mary Stuart, spouse to Dutch Stadtholder Prince William III, who in 1689 ascended the British throne. The designs, influenced by Western as well as Oriental art forms, were very fashionable at the time. While restoring the Rijksmuseum’s objects, Royal Tichelaar Makkum developed the exact colours, gloss and brush technique of the period, which enabled the craftsmen to compose a faithful reproduction.
© Blommers & Schumm, Studio Marten Aukes