The Lycklama Collection

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Bric-à-brac, and some unique artefacts

Tinco Lycklama had a broad taste and was obviously somewhat eccentric. This is well reflected in the many objects he brought along from his travels. The earliest reports suggest a total over more than 700 items; later reports suggest over 3,200.

Totally in line with the philosophy behind his adventurous voyage in 1865-1868, he did not only seek unique pieces of art as souvenirs. He also strolled on street markets and local shops wherever he went, and bought simple things that reflected the lifestyles and customers of the people he observed: clothing, jewelry, utensils…

But, some of the things he brought back are truly unique. He undertook some archeological digs and discovered a few items that even today are still considered very rare. His finds not only tell us more about ancient culture in the Orient, but also offer us a glimpse into the culture of the Qajar dynasty that ruled Persia at that time.

Back home in Beetsterzwaag, Tinco organised his house and installed his own museum – open to the public. When he moved to Cannes, he took his collection with him. In 1877, he offered his collection to the city of Cannes, which installed the Lycklama Museum in the newly opened town hall. Today, the collection is still the cornerstone of the municipal Musée de la Castre – though many objects are also located elsewhere or given in loan.

Besides his own collection, Tinco also included the collection of Edmond Ginoux de la Coche (1811-1870) in his donation. Four years after the death of this journalist and ethnologist – specialised in French Polynesia, Tinco acquired the collection from the estate of Ginoux de la Coche, via Ginoux’ heir – Adèle Garreau-Dombasle.