The J.W.N. van Achterbergh Collection of Tiles
The following Spanish tile panels form a core group from the collection of the late J.W.N van Achterbergh. Born in 1928 van Achterbergh became an avid collector, connoisseur and patron of ceramic art. His passion was fuelled by his father who assembled the largest collection of European and Middle-Eastern tiles in the Netherlands in the 1920s. This impressive collection was loaned to a variety of museums including the Gemeente Museum, The Hague, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Boijmans van Beuningen Applied Arts Museum, Rotterdam and het Princessehof, Leeuwarden. These bold and graphic tile panels inspired the young van Achterbergh to search for emerging talent in the world of contemporary studio pottery. This was allied with his appreciation of ceramic art from Asia, Europe and the Islamic world.
These tile panels provide a fascinating insight into the changing styles and techniques of Spanish potters working from the 15th through to the 18th centuries. Rarely do tile panels of this quality and size make their way on to the auction market, most remain in prominent museum collections or in-situ in buildings where they were installed. Today collectors have a rare opportunity to acquire a traditional form of Spanish applied art that through the passing of the centuries has retained its freshness and originality.