07 April 2020 till 16 August 2020

Royal Blue


A unique find and a moving love story. This describes the purchase of two Royal Delft (or Delftware) flower vases in the shape of the royal couple William III and Mary II. In 2015 these two lovers – after having been separated from one another in private collections for 40 years – were reunited at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag. William and Mary were known for their splendid collection of Delftware with which they decorated their palaces in the Netherlands and England. From pyramid-shaped tulip vases many meters tall to flowerpots and serving dishes for preserves: in the late 17th century the most beautiful and technically refined earthenware was created for them by the potteries in Delft. The exhibition Royal Blue is organised in conjunction with Het Loo Palace and will bring together the very best showpieces from the Rijksmuseum, Museum Prinsenhof Delft and numerous European collections.