Moooi x Royal Delft

Tile Extinct Animals Dandelion Cranes

Moooi x Royal Delft present a unique collection: the original Delft Blue tiles from Royal Delft from Moooi’s Extinct Animals collection. Inspired by beautiful drawings from The Museum of Extinct Animals, eight ceramic tiles were designed and handmade in the studio in Delft. Each tile represents one of these beautiful animal species in Delft Blue, together they form a unique collection.

The Extinct Animals: Dandelion Cranes

“The Dandelion Cranes were a part of the Gruiformes order that contains a considerable number of living and extinct bird families. Dandelion Cranes were known to always come in pairs and to be vivacious animals. Born as twins, Dandelion Cranes were inseparable until they found their mate and coupled with them. Rarely, over two Dandelion Cranes were spotted at the same time. The cranes preferred only their twin or mate’s company.

The Dandelion Cranes were easily recognised thanks to their blue feathery crown on top of their heads. As far as history records, no other species of cranes sported the shimmering blue plumage crowns of the Dandelion Cranes. The bloodline of the blue crowned Extinct Animal still flows through the Balearica line, but with different coloured crowns. Another unique trait of that blue crown is that the feathers resembled and behaved like dandelion fluff. At the end of the growing stage, a crown feather would come loose. Instead of falling to the ground, it would drift away on a breeze. Like a fluffy dandelion seed. Hence the name Dandelion Cranes.

The most spectacular feature of the Cranes was not their crowns, but their unique colouration and fan-like wings. Fiery red and burned orange contrasted with the deep blue feathers and crown. The uncommon pleating of their fan-like wings not only looked beautiful; it gave the cranes unmatched speeds in the sky. When unfolding their wings, it even sounded like a pleated paper fan spreading out.” – Moooi The Museum of Extinct Animals.

The decorative tile in every modern interior
These decorative tiles are beautiful, distinctive accents to personalize a room. The mix of tradition and contemporary art is a beautiful addition to modern interiors. The decorative tiles from Royal Delft are equipped with a hanging hook. Add a contemporary touch to a modern interior by subtly hanging it as a work of art, next to wall plates or other wall decoration. Give the tile extra body by placing it in one of the tile frames. Add a striking accent to a mantelpiece or shelf and enrich the space with a touch of artisanal elegance.


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Collection Moooi x Royal Delft
Craftmanship Transfer
Dimensions 13 × 13 cm
Artikelnr. 46413700


Collection Moooi x Royal Delft
Design Moooi
Colour Delft Blue
Dimensions 13 × 13 cm
Style Modern
Craftmanship Transfer
Weight 0,25 kg.
Artikelnr. 46413700
Usage Microwave safe
Not dishwasher safe

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  • Original Delft Blue since 1653
  • Comes with a certificate of authenticity
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