Collectors Gallery 6 -pictures 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 & 35
Pictures 29 & 30 - Doreen & George Gallimore present two more fine pieces from their collection of Gouda.The items, both beautifully photographed by George, have the same pattern name of "Nova" but are from different factories. The Ivora factory closed its doors shortly after PZH.
Picture 29 - from PZH, is a vase dated 1931. It measures 16.0cm high and is in perfect condition. One can see how vibrant the colours are and is a fine example of why we love Gouda.
Picture 30 - here a plate in "Nova" from the Ivora factory and dating from c.1925. The plate is 23.5cm in diameter. Magnificently painted with great attention to detail.
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Pictures 31 & 32 - Helena from Sweden has sent in these pics of her "Beek" and "Bellona" pieces which both came from antique stores in the south of Sweden. Helena says, "I bought them because I found them both very lovely." Helena has since found some more PZH Gouda on her antique shop searches.
Picture 31 - in the popular "Beek" pattern, dated 1921. The artist was Geertje Boer who worked for PZH from 1919 until 1928. Stands some 13.0cm high by 10.0cm in diameter.
Picture 32 - the "Bellona" pattern is dated 1929 and was painted at PZH by Leonardus Wilhelmus van Leem. Measures 22.0cm high by 15.0cm diameter.
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Picture 33 (below left) - this Regina wall plate sent in by Robert is just superb. It is in the "Avisa" (from the Latin in relation to birds) pattern and as you can see is a depiction of a Peacock or Bird of Paradise (whichever you wish) with delightful stylised flowers. The pattern and colours are vivid and strong with the blue on the tail particularly striking. Robert bought this piece from an antique shop in Ghent, Belgium and says - "We saw this piece in the antique shop in late December 2001 and just had to buy it."
The plate is 21.5cm in diameter.
Picture 34 (below right) - here is a very unusual (as it turned out to be) piece of PZH sent in by Jeff from Los Angeles, USA. For the explanation we are grateful to Henk Veentjer and Friggo Visser (Curator of the Goedewaagen Museum at Nieuw Buinen, in the province of Drenthe) for their assistance in finding out the "history" of this small item.The piece is tiny and measures just 5.0cm high by 5.0cm diameter.
According to Friggo Visser the vase may well have been made in the late 1950's. However, he adds that there is something strange. The PZH mark is incomplete, so is the decoration and lacks a production code number. The decoration is crude, not finished and according to Friggo does not fit in with any other kind of PZH decoration that he knows of. It is certainly not an example of "recession ceramics". (See here for Henk's article on "recession ware"). The explanation is that it may well have been an apprentice's test piece (common practice at PZH) in order to show what he/she was capable of and so could well have been made by someone as young as 12 years of age. If this is correct, a date would be from the early 1920's.
Fascinating - it just shows that we never stop learning!
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Picture 35 below - a superb example of a high gloss vase from the Ivora factory sent in by Karen from Washington state in the USA.
Karen says - " The vase belonged to my grandparents who gave it to my mother. She has now passed it on to me. I will also hand it on to my children! We think it was bought by my grandfather in Holland during WW2. The colours are so vibrant and in the darker portions you can see a cobalt blue. This blue is an interesting combination with the darker greens making it just gorgeous. It really is a beautiful piece and the photos do not do it justice."
Thank you Karen for the marvellous description of the vase, you obviously like it. Actually we think she loves it!
Producing the "Gouda" type of decorative pottery was started by Ivora in 1914 but it actually
dates back to the 1630's. They started out making clay pipes as did most Dutch pottery factories.Ivora finally closed in about 1964. The vase has a very high glazed finish and the wording "Decor.3" on the base confirms this. Probably dates from around 1920, could be a little earlier or later. Ivora did not provide much dating information for us or particular pattern names! Similarly with the decorators, very little is known even to this day. The dimensions are 20.0cm tall by about 8.0cm diameter.
Picture 35 Our grateful thanks to Doreen & George, Helena, Robert & Jeff and to Karen and her family.