Saturday 20 September 2014

Old And New Pastimes Collide

Playing MahjongCHINA, Melbourne: It was a long night for many Chinese in Melbourne who camped out overnight to be first in line to get the latest cutting edge technology: the iPhone 6. What better way to pass the time than playing the ancient game of mahjong?

  

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In the Silver Set, now the Flower Tiles are there

(Update: fixed price for the set; donation for the Dutch Mahjong Association)Flower Tile by Janny Adelaar

AMSTERDAM - Dutch silver smith Janny Schoonhoven has set another major step in finishing her mahjong set of massive silver. Recently, she completed the series of eight Flower and Season tiles. She plans to have the complete set ready timely before the World Mahjong Championship, which will take place in the Netherlands, coming Summer.

Janny has not found a costumer for the precious set yet, which costs, including taxes, 52,500 euros (approx. 64,880 USD). Included in the price is the unique, hand-made wooden case. When she sells the set, she will donate 2,500 euros to the Dutch Mahjong Association.

In the meantime, she has designed a complete line of silver mahjong products. Also, she sells individual tiles. 

Janny has invited a small group of friends for a once-in-a-lifetime mahjong session with the silver tiles. After  that, the set will be stored away in a special luxury box, wich is being made exclusively for the silver tiles. Just waiting for that one wealthy costumer.

Lucky tiles

Season TileJust like the ordinary tiles, the Flower and Season tiles in the set have a weight of 57 grams. For the design, Janny had herself inspired by the lucky tiles of her own mahjong set and by the set of her friend and colleague Christine Kruyze. "But I have added  little lines here and there, and also some color, like yellow and brown."

Website of Janny Adelaar
 
 

YouTube movie about the making of the Silver Tiles

 

 

 



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