After visiting TEFAF, art admirers who would like to discover the area should look no further than the city of Aachen in Germany. This charming city hosts three beautiful museums that were created by famous art collectors, Irene and Peter Ludwig. The Ludwig family has amassed an eclectic art collection, ranging from antiquity to contemporary.
While the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst is dedicated to contemporary art, the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum has an impressive collection of Dutch paintings and German sculptures. Since 1958, the Couven Museum has presented middle class domestic culture and home decor from Rococo to Napoleonic Empire style. The museum has many remarkable pieces of Delftware, for example a beautiful pair of cashmere urns that are exhibited in the patio. A very similar pair, marked PAK for Pieter Adriaensz. Kocx, the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory from 1701 to 1703, or his widow, the owner of the factory from 1703 to 1722 is today in our collection. Another absolute highlight is this magnificent pair of tulipieres, with a height of 1.10 meter (3.6 feet). On the photo the vases as we displayed them at TEFAF 1995. The two flower vases bear the mark of Adrianus Kocx, the owner of De Grieksche A factory from 1686 to 1701.