In May 1995 Léon-Paul van Geenen
opened the doors of "De Porcelijne Lampetkan"
(Porcelain Ewer) Originally he had wanted to
name his store the Porceleyne Fles (Porcelain Bottle). This because
he lived on the foundations of the former location of the factory,
and he started his collection with blue Delftware. Bus alas, because
the Porceleyne Fles is actually the only one of the numerous pottery
factories in Delft which still exists today, so that name was taken.
He eventually decided on the Porcelijne Lampetkan, which turned out
to be a very fitting name indeed, if you consider Van Geenen's fist
initials match the brand of this seventeenth century pottery
factory, LPK or in short LP. In addition, Van Geenen also holds many
marked pieces of this pottery factory in his collection.
By now many antique lovers have found their way
De Porcelijne Lampetkan
Even the wife of Russian Prime Minister
Medvedev visited the store. and took home several vases. The fact
she found something she liked is unsurprising. Because with five
antiquarians under one roof, one of which being Van Geenen's father,
several specialities are covered. Arts, antiques, curiosities,
Delftware as well as silverware and glassware. Over the years this
antique store has truly expanded to become a miniature arts and
In 1998 Van Geenen purchased Voldersgracht 26 and opened an antique
store there. A special building, said to possibly be the parental
home of Vermeer. You wouldn't be able to tell from the current
facade, dating to the nineteenth century. Despite the renovations
the building has undergone throughout the centuries, several element
on the inside of the building definitely remind one of Vermeer's
time in history. In 2010 Van Geenen took over the building on the
Voldersgracht and restored it, finding more authentic elements along
the way. Seventeenth century tiling was found in the house, which
have received an honourable place. On the left side a seventeenth
century wall has been exposed, showing off the location of an old
fireplace. The 19th century stucco ceiling was restored
in its former glory and the toilet in the back of the store features old tiling
on the floor and walls. It truly breathes the age of Vermeer.
After the renovation the store was renamed "Arts & Antique
Van Geenen" In addition to furniture and curiosities
visitors will mostly find seventeenth and eighteenth century
Delftware and tiling. Notable and several Chinese objects and
Van Geenen specializes in old and new Delftware, antique tiles,
excavated ceramics, antique etchings and engravings, Chinese
ceramics, Royal Delftware from the Porceleyne Fles factory
(1879-1980) and Makkum ceramics. In addition, he has built up an
exceptional collection Delft white.
He is also a regular participant at trade
fairs such as: New York Ceramics Fair, Bastille Art in Paris,
NEC Birmingham, Earls Court and Olympia in London.
Van Geenen is also an expert of valuations of Delftware.
Occasionally there are TV recordings, associated with Vermeer, by
national- and international-
TV stations, including Japan.
De Porcelijne Lampetkan
Reception with antique glasses and dishes
Town hall Delft
New Church Delft