Stichting Hollands Porselein (Dutch Porcelain Foundation)
Porcelain has been produced on several locations in the Dutch Republic during the second half of the 18th century. The first factory to manufacture porcelain was located in Weesp, near Amsterdam. After it closed down, the Rev. Joannes de Mol founded its successor in Loosdrecht. Production was in its turn transferred to Ouder-Amstel and Nieuwer-Amstel. The Hague hosted an important decoration workshop for porcelain imported from the Southern Netherlands or Germany.
Though influenced by models from Germany, Dutch porcelain does have its own unmistakable character. The painted decoration, in particular, can be regarded as typically Dutch.
As a unique part of the cultural heritage of Holland, Dutch porcelain does not currently receive the wide appreciation it deserves. The Stichting Hollands Porselein supports activities aimed at raising the public’s awareness of this material. It stimulates and subsidises research, publications and exhibitions, and gives financial support for the acquisition of exceptional pieces by museums in the Netherlands.
The Stichting was founded in 1999 by Mrs. E. Veder-Smit.
Donations to the Stichting made by Dutch citizens are fully tax-deductable.
Prof. Dr Reinier Baarsen, Chairman
Dr Steven Coene, Treasurer
Patricia Smit-Kramers, Secretary
Dr Suzanne Lambooy
Dr Jet Pijzel-Domisse