We are proud to let you know that a few months ago we were awarded a new restoration project for the historical association (Warkums Erfskip) of the Dutch city of Workum. In their collection is a monumental 18th century tile installation (panelling) that comes from the house of Jelmer van der Zee (1751 - 1815). Jelmer van der Zee was a very succesful maritime entrepeneur and during the final years of his life the mayor of the city. In 1784 he ordered a custom tile installation for his house, completely designed to display the range of activities that would eventually make him the wealthiest man in town.
The tile installations exists currently out of 8 large panels, counting close to 400 tiles in total. The original installation was larger, but unfortunately parts of it were stolen and disappeared in the 1960's. It made the municipality of Workum decide to remove the remaining tiles from the house and to keep them save from theft and vandalism. It was not until the early 90's that a selection of the tiles were first put on display again. Unfortunately in quite a poor condition.
The tiles have not been restored during the past decades, but as the historical assosiciation is moving to the former town hall of the city, where also the famous 'Workumer Kamer' is located (photo below), they have more space available for this magnificent installation. It is an honour for us to contribute to this project. After more than 50 years, we expect the installation to be fully on display again in 2022.