It's museum time again . The new season's exhibitions are beginning and the one I went to yesterday was simply titled , "Rich In Groningen" .
It was a collection of locally held treasures , some from attics , some from country churches and a lot from the museum's vaults .
Lots of crests , uncomfortable furniture
family portraits by the barrow load , silver goblets , gorgeous wall paper copied from odd scraps of the eighteenth century originals in the city archives , even the odd angel .
Since the city , in an attempt to avoid corruption , had a complicated system involving having four mayors , electing two at a time every two years there were lots of portraits of tubby chaps in black and splendid lace jabots ... and a definite family look to them .
In fact , there was a certain family look to most of the portraits and the same names pop up again and again .
But the occasional parvenue pushed forward and , since anyone could , would design himself a crest .
The Reverend Rudolphus Kuen and his wife Elizabeth had a particularly nice one .
I left , designing mine as I went . Aubergine with a bay leaf wreath and soup ladle rampant ?
SmitoniusAndSonata is a mother and daughter collective blog.
London based Smitonius (Jessamy) makes one of a kind jewellery using vintage buttons, as well as a combination of beads from all over Europe: from lampwork ones by a range of UK artists to vintage and modern glass beads.
Sonata is a miniature quilt maker based in the North of Holland (Leeuwarden). Geraldine Keyzer is already known to collectors of Hitty dolls and owners of vintage dollhouses. She likes to use vintage as well modern cotton to create a range of quilts from simple One Patch to the more complex Grandmother's Garden.