First unique stamps from the Beautiful Netherlands Ceramic collection

The Hague – Today PostNL revealed the first stamps from the new Beautiful Netherlands Ceramic series. The series focuses on our country’s special position in ceramics production. The first stamps, about Loosdrecht and Tegelen, were presented today. Stamps for Harlingen, Makkum and Delft will follow later this year. Rutger Fuchs designed the Beautiful Netherlands Ceramic stamp series for PostNL.

This year, five prominent, historic ceramic cities will be highlighted on different stamp sheets. A sixth Beautiful Netherlands Ceramic series collection sheet will feature a new arrangement of Loosdrecht, Tegelen, Harlingen, Makkum and Delft stamps.

PostNL presented the first stamp sheets today, namely the Beautiful Netherlands Loosdrecht to Emiel Loth from Boni in Loosdrecht and Beautiful Netherlands Tegelen to Jac Timmermans from Bruna in Tegelen.

Ceramics from Tegelen and Loosdrecht

For these stamps, designer Rutger Fuchs searched for special details that are so characteristic of these ceramic cities. Fuchs found this in Tegelen in a ceramic item of the young boy with a bird cage in his right hand and a bird in the left. "Here you see how many different techniques the Tegelen ceramic painters had mastered."

Fuchs found the characteristic Loosdrecht porcelain element in the beautiful depiction of the branch with pink-red roses and green leaves. "The craftsmanship of the Loosdrecht porcelain painters emerges in the subtle colour shading."

Together with Gracia Lebbink, Rutger Fuchs had previously designed the book series, Delft pottery: history of a national product, for The Hague Municipal Museum and publisher Waanders.


The stamps are available online via The stamps are valid until further notice. These stamps are marked 'Nederland 1' and are intended for domestic letters up to 20g. The Ceramic from Tegelen stamps are also available from Bruna in Tegelen.

The Ceramic from Loosdrecht stamps are available at Boni in Loosdrecht, Jumbo in Kortenhoef and Hilversum Museum.

Since 2005, the successful Beautiful Netherlands stamp series has focused annually on Dutch local history and cultural wealth.

2014-01-17 Keramiek uit Loosdrecht postzegels

2014-01-17 Keramiek uit Tegelen postzegels