Bols Amsterdam, KLM - KLM houses, Eight KLM houses (8) - Earthenware, Delft Blue

Bols Amsterdam, KLM - KLM houses, Eight KLM houses (8) - Earthenware, Delft Blue
Netherlands - Late 20th century

In good, vintage condition, eight beautiful KLM Delft Blue miniature houses, which are replicas of historic buildings in the Netherlands. Some still have young jenever and others are empty due to the strict security measures in the United States.

Number 87 has two tiny fleabites, see the last two photos with red arrows.

This lot contains the following numbers with descriptions:

Miniature number 43 - no year - Height 9.5 cm: House in Amsterdam, Prinsengracht 516, built circa 1865. Despite several changes, the classic cornice is well preserved.

Miniature number 44 - 2003 - Height 9 cm: House in Leiden, Hooglandse Kerkgracht 19, built in 1583, rebuilt circa 1620. The building was once part of an orphanage, which closed its doors in 1961.

Miniature number 55 - 2007 - Height 11 cm: Schiedam, Oude Sluis 19 Het Zakkendragers huisje, built in 1725 and restored in 1966.

Miniature number 65 - 2005 - Height 10.5 cm: Amsterdam, Keizersgracht 487, 'De Sparreboom' is a traditional warehouse with a funnel-shaped façade, which was built around 1680, nowadays divided into apartments.

Miniature number 76 - no year - Height 9.5 cm: The Street, this house is on a painting by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) 'Gezicht op huizen in Delft' circa 1658.

Miniature number 82 - 2011 - Height 10 cm: Maastricht, Bonnefantenstraat 5, Huys op de Jeker, Het 82e huis, located in Maastricht and known locally as the 'Huys op de Jeker', was built sometime around 1665 on a bridge that spans the narrow river Jeker. The ‘Huys op de Jeker’ was originally the house of the principal of the ‘Grauwzusters’, an order of Augustine nuns who lived in a monastery behind the house of the principal. The building is characteristic of Renaissance architecture in the Meuse Valley. The building now serves as a private residence.

Miniature number 83 - 2007 - Height 10 cm: Amsterdam, The houses at Keizersgracht 672 and 674 have sandstone façades and were built in 1671 as 'twin houses'. The first occupant of this house was Ferdinand Bol, the most famous student of Rembrandt van Rijn. In the middle of the eighteenth century, the interior was completely renovated. In 1884 the property was purchased by the Van Loon family. This family played an important role in the city for centuries, one of its members was one of the founders of 'De Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie' (VOC). Nowadays, this house serves as a museum.

Miniature number 87 - 2010 - Height 8.5 cm: KLM celebrated its 87th anniversary on 7 October 2006 in true tradition with the presentation of a new Delft Blue miniature, Het Peperhuis is the only building in Enkhuizen that keeps the memory of 'De Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie' (VOC) alive. The wealthy merchant and ship owner Pieter van Beresteyn had it built in 1625. He used it as a house, office and warehouse.

His widow sold it to the VOC in 1692. This illustrious trading company stored pepper and other products from the east in the building until the late 18th century. The building was donated in 1947 by the then owners, the Enkhuizer seed trade "Sluis en Groot" to the Zuiderzeemuseum.

The museum reconstructed the 18th century warehouse on the "pepper attic". Much of the original interior has remained intact. Notches and numbers can still be seen on the beams which shows where the shelves where the goods were once stored have been.

Background information:
The Delft Blue miniature houses are replicas of historic buildings in the Netherlands. KLM has been presenting the Delft Blue miniature houses on intercontinental flights since the 1950s, filled with Bols Amsterdam young jenever to its World Business Class passengers.

Since 1994, the collection has grown in sync with KLM's anniversary, with a new house every year. The Delft Blue miniatures have become highly valued collectibles, both nationally and abroad.

From late 2006, KLM now offers Delft Blue houses empty instead of filled with young jenever, due to the strict security measures in the United States, forcing KLM to cease the long-standing tradition with the worldwide popular Delft Blue houses. The houses were hitherto filled with young jenever as a promotion for KLM and the Netherlands. This is no longer possible because the security agents in the USA no longer trust the KLM gift.

Since the terror threats, no drinks and other liquid items are allowed to take along. Several travellers already ran into trouble with the jenever house, resulting in extra annoying checks. In Arab countries, where alcohol is also strictly forbidden, the houses have already been offered empty for some time.

Take a good look at the pictures for a correct picture of the lot on offer.

The lot will be safely packaged and shipped by registered mail via PostNL Parcel Service, both inside and outside The Netherlands. Please also visit our Catawiki page with more vintage design lots.

Lot details
No. of items
Eight KLM houses, KLM houses
Delft Blue, Earthenware
Manufacturer/ Brand
Bols Amsterdam, KLM
Estimated Period
Late 20th century
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of ageing
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