Lange Lijs | Back in Maastricht


Irene Keim is a collector of the popular blue-and-white, decorated tableware produced by Royal Mosa from the end of the 19th century (until around 1930). A few years ago, Irene donated her collection to Centre Céramique. This exhibition was created on the basis of her donation. Irene herself is comforted by the thought that her Mosa tableware is now back ‘at home’, where it was once made: in Maastricht.

The central motifs of a woman in blue (‘Lange Lijs’) reflect the Chinoiserie aesthetic, which was particularly popular in the 20th century. If you look closely, the apparent uniformity reveals a huge variety of different plant and flower motifs, giving a unique look to each piece of crockery. 

For 20 years, Irene took …

Irene Keim is a collector of the popular blue-and-white, decorated tableware produced by Royal Mosa from the end of the 19th century (until around 1930). A few years ago, Irene donated her collection to Centre Céramique. This exhibition was created on the basis of her donation. Irene herself is comforted by the thought that her Mosa tableware is now back ‘at home’, where it was once made: in Maastricht.

The central motifs of a woman in blue (‘Lange Lijs’) reflect the Chinoiserie aesthetic, which was particularly popular in the 20th century. If you look closely, the apparent uniformity reveals a huge variety of different plant and flower motifs, giving a unique look to each piece of crockery. 

For 20 years, Irene took great pleasure in collecting and especially in sharing her ‘discoveries’. Since 2007, she has been chronicling her discoveries in the form of a blog, which you can access by scanning the QR codes in the exhibition. On display in this exhibition are ‘Lange Lijs’ crockery from Irene and fellow collectors as well as antique Mosa price lists and catalogues. Alongside these are tin and enamel items in the same style, as well as a selection of still lifes by the artist Ingrid Smuling, who was also inspired by ‘Lange Lijs’.

When

  • every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until December 25th, 2022

Location