Dutch blue and white tiles are frequently used to add brightness to the sides of dark fireplaces. Here, a set of seventy tiles dating from about 1730 makes up a complete picture, mounted above a fireplace which was installed in the 1860s.
Set of seventy blue and white Dutch tiles making up scene of Elsenburg, a house near Utrecht originally built by Vingboons in 1635. Figures fishing, riding horses and playing boulles in foreground. Based on engraving by Dutch artist Stoopendael, first published in 1719. Glazed in black frame.