treasuriesWe are familiar with the Rijksmuseum and Mauritshuis, but the Netherlands has so many beautiful, lesser-known museums. This summer we will highlight one for four Tuesdays. Today: think of it and the Lavells have a teapot out of it.
It started, as with any collection, with one. An elephant teapot, which Saskia Lavell’s mother once got from a neighbor. Then she remembered a teapot from her childhood, with a black cat. She found it, thanks to a call in Panorama. A third teapot came, a fourth, a 29th, 44th and after a few years she had collected 65 teapots. ,,And I was allowed to go to town and country to get them, because I had a free train pass through the boss”, Frits Lavell grins. When his mother-in-law downsized, he and his wife took over the collection and expanded it to a collection of 2,272 teapots. Frits Lavell: ,,Just count it!”
The museum behind their house in the Limburg church village of Swartbroek, near Weert, is freely accessible and visitors fall from one surprise to the next. Think of it and the Lavells have a teapot out of it. With a mischievous twinkle in his eye, Lavell, now 74, points to a teapot with an American ex-president: Bill Clinton, with his famous and controversial cigar. ,,Look at the back: there you see Monica Lewinsky.”
The three of Yalta, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill have a teapot. But also Mickey Mouse, Lady Di, Al Capone and David Bowie. And teapot as a dollhouse. A teapot with a clogged sink. It’s an unparalleled collection that the Lavells have had behind their home for ten years.
Conscientious question: do they now and then pick up a museum piece to serve themselves tea?
Frits Lavell: ,,I never drink tea.”
His 71-year-old wife Saskia: ,,And I only from a thermos.”
Sint Cornelisplein 2, Swartbroek (Weert)
Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 16:00, entrance until 15:30. Other times by appointment.
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