Commemorative plate 'The Netherlands will rise again'
The Netherlands is a strong country. A country with a vision and a country with inhabitants who help each other. A country we are proud of. This year the Netherlands has been liberated for 75 years. The current circumstances limit us in celebrating such a happy event. Nevertheless, we would like to dwell on 75 years of freedom and the resilience that Dutch society has shown.
As of today, Royal Delft will publish a weekly blog inspired by the many commemorative plates that have been created by the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles over the years. The theme of the blogs is Faith, Hope & Resilience: to commemorate the past and to be able to draw strength from the difficult situation we are in today.
This week we have written about the commemorative plate "The Netherlands will rise again".
“It is noteworthy that the sale and therefore also the production of Delft Blue remained at a satisfactory level throughout the war. This can be explained, because the supply of luxury items from abroad was cut off almost entirely. On the other hand, however, household budgets were increasingly taxed by the sharply rising prices of basic necessities. It even happened during the hunger winter 1944-1945, when the train and postal connections were disrupted, that people sometimes reached the factory from a considerable distance, to buy some things or to place orders for later delivery. ” (J.G. Adriani - Memories and Experiences from My Years of Service July 1911 - May 1955).
Mr. Adriani describes the progress of the activities during the Second World War at Royal Delft. These were difficult and uncertain times for Delft Blue. There was no confidence, hardly any communication and the supply of the necessary resources was delayed. De Porceleyne Fles faced major challenges, but was able to adapt the service to the ever-changing circumstances. After all, it wasn't the first challenge the company faced, as it had already been in production for nearly 300 years.
Even now, during the Corona virus, Royal Delft is adapting its services to the current situation. Yes, we are facing a tough challenge, but we still show our resilience. We want to pass on our love for Delft Blue to the younger generation, including the free online children's tour through the museum.
This Delft Blue commemorative plate, painted in 1945 by J. Marijnissen, makes us realize that this time will soon be behind us. The orange rays of the sun above the typical Dutch landscape symbolize the resurgence. These were very difficult times in May 1945. The sign shows that people kept their eyes on the future and believed in reconstruction. The orange paint used in the board is only used for special commemorative plates and Orange Ceramics.
Even now, in these times of the Corona virus, we believe in the strength of the Netherlands. We look forward and to the future.