Kingdom by the Sea


From Barbados to Saint Petersburg and from Cape Town to Gdansk: step gables, neck gables and clock gables can be seen all over the world. They are the calling cards of Dutch architecture. With its collection of Delftware replicas of monuments, KLM pays a tribute to the cultural history of the Netherlands and the grand masters of architecture such as Hendrick de Keyser, Jacob van Campen, Philips Vingboons (the inventor of the neck gable) and Hein Berlage, nicknamed ‘the Godfather of modern Dutch design’.

Every year on October 7, on the day KLM was established in 1919, a new miniature is added to the collection. Keeping up with this tradition, Dutch author Mark Zegeling presented in 2018 a Limited Edition of his high-end coffee table book ‘Kingdom by the Sea’ with a cover made of delicate porcelain. 110 monuments, which modelled for the KLM collection (KLM house no. 1 to 99 and 11 collectors items) are presented in the ranking order of the year of construction, introduced by a pretext about a millenium of Dutch architectural history. The book offers an exclusive peak behind the facades of stunning national landmarks, stylish mansions and lavish heritage homes and tell the stories of its inhabitants such as Dutch pioneers, old Dutch masters, legendary characters and inspiring entrepreneurs who made their mark on history.

The porcelain tile on the cover of ‘Kingdom by the Sea’ has been manufactured by Royal Goedewaagen. Each tile was hand painted and bears a unique number, together with the year mark and the initials of the artist. This specific edition has been sold out in 2021 and can now only be purchased via platforms like eBay or Marktplaats. The current value is about 450 euros.

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Mark Zegeling

Author Kingdom by the Sea, 

A celebration of Dutch cultural heritage and architecture