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    Gifts inspired by the Dutch master Vermeer

    Wanddecoratie Johannes Vermeer

    Now that the days are getting longer again and spring is approaching, we at Holland Design & Gifts think it’s a good time to put one of Holland’s oldest and greatest masters in the spotlight. We are talking about Johannes Vermeer. We are proud to offer unique souvenirs, accessories and gifts from designers who have been inspired by his art over the years. We regularly update our webshop with unique items, so take a look and read on!

    Wall decoration Girl with a pearl earring by Johannes Vermeer
    Wall decoration Girl with a pearl earring by Johannes Vermeer
    Who was Vermeer? 

    Johannes Vermeer lived in the 17th century, also known as the Golden Age, and painted during the Baroque style period. Vermeer grew up in Delft, the city where he would also continue to live and work until his death. His father was a silk worker and active in the art trade. In 1653, Vermeer married Catharina Bolnes and they had 14 children. ermeer painted scenes, in many cases showing a girl or young woman concentrating on a seemingly trivial activity. These paintings, like the famous painting in Vienna, are loaded with poetic symbolism, which has been interpreted in different ways by experts.

    Vermeer is probably best known for his paintings The Milkmaid and Girl with a Pearl Earring. Most of the designers of our souvenirs, accessories and gifts are inspired by these paintings.

    Vermeer @home

    The beautiful all-Dutch trend-article that we recently added to our webshop is the Pillowcase Girl with Pearl Earring – Delft Blue. This pillow cover inspired by Vermeer creates atmosphere on the couch and is a treat for everyone in the living room. It is made of (washable) polyester, contemporary with history and typically Dutch. Can’t get enough of these unique typical Dutch designs? Then the IXXI Wall decoration Girl with the pearl earring is really something for you. A life-size Vermeer on the wall in contemporary design. The nice thing is, you put him together and confirm him without nails on the wall. To make it complete in the living room, the Paper Vase Cover Large – Girl with Pearl Earring fits perfectly as a home accessory. This paper vase fits over almost any empty bottle, so a nice surprise for everyone to give as a gift! 

    Vermeer for kids

    For the little ones we always have a nice treat too. How about The Milkmaid Playmobil inspired by Vermeer which is designed in collaboration with the Rijsmuseum Amsterdam. With this typical Dutch gift a child playfully gets acquainted with the Dutch master. 

    Vermeer to take outside

    Would you like to take the coziness of Vermeer indoors outside? Then the Rijksmuseum Folding Umbrella Milkmaid by Vermeer is the ideal souvenir. It is a strong, handy folding umbrella that fits in your handbag. To complete the look, the fashion accessory the Loqi bag – The girl with the pearl by Vermeer is a trend product. The bag is reusable, foldable and ideal for carrying groceries. 

    Are you looking for other Dutch Design gifts? Then take a look at our webshop for the latest indulgences for him or her!

    Make a note in your agenda: Holidays and gift moments

    • Valentine’s Day Sunday, February 14. 2021
    • Secretary’s Day April 15. NL and April 21. 2021 in the USA
    • Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9. 2021
    • Grandparents Day Sunday, June 4. NL and September 12. 2021 USA
    • Father’s Day Sunday, June 13. 2021 Belgium
    • Father’s Day Sunday, June 20. 2021
    • ‘Sinterklaas pakjesavond’ Sunday, December 5. 2021
    • ‘Sinterklaas pakjesavond’ Monday, December 6. 2021 Belgium
    • Christmas Day Saturday, December 25. and Sunday 26. 2021
    • New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31. 2021
    • New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1. 2022
    • Valentine’s Day 2022, Monday, February 14.
    • Secretary’s Day 2022, Thursday, April 21. and Wednesday 27. USA
    • Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8. 2022
    • Father’s Day 2022 Sunday, June 19.
    • Grandparents Day 2022 Friday, June 4. NL and Sunday, September 11. USA
    • ‘Sinterklaas pakjesavond’ 2022 Monday, December 5.
    • ‘Sinterklaas pakjesavond’ 2022 Tuesday, December 6. Belgium
    • Christmas Day Sunday, December 25. and Monday 26.
    • New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31. 2022
    • New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1. 2023
    • Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14. 2023