Collectors Gallery 10 - Pictures 51, 52 & 53
Picture 51 - the quality of this vase needs no description - just look at it. The care that must have been taken back in 1929 in producing the decoration - almost a work of art. Has to be one of the finest we have seen.
The owner, Luciano from Sunnyvale, California tells us - "My mother bought this piece right after World War 2 in Lucca, Italy. I have always loved it because of its unusual shape and wonderful colour pattern. She was a world traveller and loved beautiful things. This is one of them. I'm sure that my mom is smiling from heaven for including this piece in your Collectors Pages."
Thank you very much Luciano for allowing others to share this exquisite, mint condition "Madelein" vase from 1929.
Measures some 46.0cm high with the lid, 28.0cm without and a base diameter of 18.0cm.
Picture 52 - John from Margate in Kent, UK shows us this pair of items from the Flora factory. John tells us - "I saw them at a local second hand shop and thought they were so unusual I purchased them."
Henk Veentjer who is an expert on Flora adds - "Various types of glazing were used on this piece, thus producing patches of high gloss glazing, alternated by rough spots, which might well be salt glaze. The use of hand written markings underneath suggest a totally hand made process. Paros is rather unique in its kind. It seems a sort of style in which new glazing processes have been tried. I have seen more designs, the names of which suggested a link with Greece and they too showed some variation in glazing techniques, though not as outspoken as Paros. It is very hard to date. It may have been produced under Mr Eikenboom's supervision and in that case it must have been made between 1955-1965."
The Flora factory was founded in 1945 by F.Eikenboom (1881-1966) and his two sons F. and P.H Eikenboom. They are in the "Paros" pattern, the vase is 23.0cm high and the pedestal bowl 22.0cm dia.
Picture 53 - John from Nottingham in the UK, shows us this square based vase from the Ivora factory. He says - "The vase was left to me by a late Aunt. I do not know how long she had the vase or where it came from. It is in pristine condition and long may it remain so!"
The four numbers (2008) seen under the word "Princess" on the base marks, indicate the pattern and that it was actually made for Ivora by the PZH factory in 1926. Sales of Gouda pottery were very high around this period so Ivora contracted out to PZH but still used their own name. Some years later in the 1930's, PZH did start to indicate on base marks that they were the actual makers - Liberty of London items being such a case.
Having a square base makes it unusual and collectable. Typical Gouda semi-matte with stylised flowers, possibly a vine with the grapes coloured in a lovely blue. Stands just over 20.0cm high.
Picture 53 Thanks to Luciano, John from Kent and John from Nottingham. Thanks Henk for your help.