Under the Vervoordts’ tenure this 12-century castle has once again taken on a sense of magic and wonder, with a new energy provided by its owners’ ever-evolving collection of art and furniture, as well as their individual approach to interior design.
Axel Vervoordt has earned renown as a collector, antiquaire, interior designer and, most recently, curator. He counts among his clientele royalty, rock stars, financiers, tech tycoons and artists. Vervoordt is a metaphysician. Inquiries into the nature of being and concepts of time and space are what most compel him; he conveys his views through his inspired arrangements of objects and interiors. To some, expressing the lofty in the material might seem contradictory, but Vervoordt believes that, as in a Zen koan, truth can be contained in paradox and ambiguity.
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Artworks in this castle range from archaeological Egyptian stone vessels and Chinese Sung dynasty Buddhas to Renaissance bronzes and contemporary paintings by the world’s most sought-after artists.
The castle has more than 50 rooms, each decorated in its own style to display exquisite pieces of antique furniture and priceless paintings and artefacts. In the all-white dining-room is a display of antique Chinese ceramics recovered from the Geldermalsen, a Dutch East Indiaman that sank off Jakarta around 1751. Known as the Nanking Cargo, 140,000 salvaged pieces were sold at auction in 1986.
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