Collectors Gallery 5 -Pictures 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28
Picture 23 - Hank Cramer of New York State, USA is the very proud owner of this vase and one can see why, it is quite magnificent.
Hanks tells us - "I have had the vase for about 20 years through an inheritance from an aunt. She made several trips as a tourist to England and other countries in Europe during the 1920's and 1930's. Where she acquired the vase remains a mystery but I know it was during one of those vacations. I have memories of seeing it on a table in her New York City apartment during my childhood. Of course I fell in love with the girl (on the vase) so it has very special significance to me, it is beautiful and I cherish it." The vase is 28.0cm by 11.5cm.
Hank, your story is delightful, the vase and the girl are both stunning!
Our dear friend Joop Nobel, who is an expert on Dutch pottery, says this about the vase - "The design is probably ascribed to the Belgian artist Privat Livemont. It is a symbol of a "Femme Fragile", an innocent young woman in a "fin-de-siècle" dress. The painter must be Hendrik David Schild who worked at the famous Rozenburg factory in the Hague and later with PZH. The date of this vase will be between 1901 and 1905. Schild was a master painter and only painters like him can make such beautiful masterpieces."
Dik Doesberg, expert on applied Arts specialised in Dutch ceramics and official appraiser appointed by The Hague Chamber of Commerce adds - "It is known that he (Privat Livemont) made advertising design for a chocolate company in the Netherlands. Several vases with this femme fragile are known but they are very rare. The ladies are nearly always different. Also different flowers are used. They are also painted on oval wall plates. As they are very rare and beautiful they are quite valuable depending on the condition of the piece."
We are grateful to Joop and Dik for their expert historical analysis.
Pictures 24 & 25 - Doreen & George Gallimore once again, this time with a truly stunning pair of handed candlesticks in the 'Groca' pattern. Matching pairs are scarce and thus highly desirable. With a date of 1931 and artist's mark of AS, this can probably be attributed to Anthonie Theodorus Smit. However, Smit's mark of AS was then "encased in a dome" or written as AMP SMIT with a flourished "Z" underscore, as seen in the drawing below.The mark A.S. without the "dome" belongs to Johanna Maria Sluis. See how complicated it can get in deciphering marks! Whatever, the candlesticks are magnificent and were purchased from one of their regular jaunts to local antique fairs. They stand 14.0cm by 9.5cm.
Drawing of Anthonie Theororus Smit's marks showing AS in a "dome" with the original base mark from the candlesticks on the far left.
The clog, below right, is from the Amphora factory (Tegel en Fayencefabriek Amphora) which started in 1908 and produced until 1933. Dimensions are 6.75" (17.0cm) in length and is dated for May 1908.
Picture 24 Picture 25
Pictures 26 & 27 below
Picture 26 - from Ken & Cheryl Chandler, Pennsylvania, USA. They say, " We absolutely fell in love with this vase when we saw it in a shop in Illinois. Our first piece of Gouda."
Not surprising, this is a fine piece in the "Clareth" pattern from PZH, dated 1923. Looks like a cross between a spiders web and a jellyfish! Most probably painted by Jacob Remeijer (born 1912). The vase is 18.5cm tall by 10.2cm.
Picture 26 Picture 27
Picture 27 - Pennsylvania, USA again, here from Barb who acquired this visually stunning "snotneus" from her grandmother who also is from PA. Barb says, "I asked my grandmother, who will be 90 years old next year, about the piece but she cannot remember where or who it came from."
This is a beautifully decorated and glazed piece in the "Maas" pattern and dates at October 1920. A snotneus was originally a Dutch wall hung oil lamp.
Standing some 20.3cm tall by 10.2cm diameter (base and top), this is an example of Gouda at its best.
Picture 28 - below, a beautiful pattern on this Schoonhoven pitcher or jug. Sent in by collector Ron from New Zealand.
Ron says - "I can first remember seeing the pitcher in my parents' home about 1930."
This is in a typical Gouda semi-matte finish and colours. The pattern is "Roer" and dates c.1925. It measures just over 18.0cm high. The base diameter is just over 6.0cm. Thanks Ron for sending in your picture and details.
Many thanks to Hank, Doreen & George, Ken & Cheryl, Barb and Ron.