Collectors Gallery 32 - Pictures 145, 146, 147 & 148.
Picture 145 - from Jon-Paul who lives in Arizona, this superb Rozenburg den Haag tile in frame painted by Gerke Henkes.
Jon-Paul tells us this fascinating story - "My mother had an excellent little antique store in Santa Rosa, California. This tile came into the store one day after I returned from school around 1991. It was from an elderly Dutch gentleman who had inherited it from his mother. According to him it was passed on in his family and was kept in a trunk wrapped in linen. He had done some research on it and had put the information on the back of the tile in a plastic sleeve. He asked my mother $150.00 for it - an outrageously high amount! He knew that but said it was very special and he had been around the two blocks of the antique stores where we were, all of them offering only around $25. We were the last shop to try. My mother paid him what he asked, thinking she would never make her money back because we could not find any information about it in our resource books. The gentleman went happily on his way. My mom gave the tile to me after he left because I thought it was an amazingly well painted work of art and she did not think she could recover what she paid for it. The tile hung in the store behind the register, not for sale but on display, until the store closed in 2001. Then I took it home. In all the years it hung in the store, no one ever asked to see it closer or even looked at it twice! I have told my mom the information Gouda-Design gave me about the tile and it's rarity. She is happy to know that it is indeed special after all!"
Made by Rozenburg den Haag in 1886, the capital letter 'B' date code you can see on the marks. Notice the original Rozenburg and retailer stickers.
Painted by Gerke Henkes. See Bert-Jan's article on his tile collection for the information on Henkes. According to Bert-Jan these tiles are very rare.
Size of tile is 15.5 cm square.
Picture 146 - Peter who hails from Baltimore, Maryland, USA owns this superb early Zuid Holland piece. Peter contacted us and says - "I purchased this vase in wonderful condition at an auction house in Baltimore. With the help of the Gouda-Design website, I was able to tentatively date it and identify the manufacturer before I bought it. I am not specifically a collector of Gouda pottery, or of ceramics in general. However, my interest in Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic Movement and Art Nouveau decorative arts led me to fall in love with this piece. The vernacular form, bold colouring and progressive styling of the floral motif represent all three movements very well. I consider it to be a snapshot of a transitional period in aesthetics for the decorative arts. I am thrilled to have found it!"
This vase was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland and has the very first year of manufacture date mark for them of 'A' for 1898. Note the taller 'lazarus gate' logo which most early years items had - later ones were much shorter.
It was painted by Franciscus Anthonius Johannes Fonville.
Originally it would have been part of a three piece clock garniture set with two vases like this and a clock. As one can see the back is plain so it would have stood on a mantle piece. They were, however, sometimes sold separately.
The vase stands some 30.5 cm tall by 23.0 cm wide and 10.0 cm deep.
Picture 147 - Steve from here in the UK is ex-RAF personnel and collects RAF memorabilia. Steve tell us - "I have amongst my collection of RAF memorabilia a blue and white Delft ash
tray which I have been researching. Contacting an ex-RAF friend from Malaysia - Laurie B - he tells me he believes this was commemorating 'No.XVIII Staging Post' which was formed at B.14, Amblie near Caen on 2 August 1944. The unit went on to serve at airfields in Holland, Belgium and Germany before being disbanded at Valkenburg, Holland on 30 April 1946. Thanks Laurie!"
Steve continues - "As can be see in the photo it has 'S XV111 P' under the RAF logo with the Kings crown above. The names of the countries around the rim would, therefore, have been the airfields the unit served on. If any ex-RAF or other RAF memorabilia collectors can enlighten me more I would be pleased to hear from them. Please contact Stuart & Kim."
This ash tray is very unusual indeed and we at Gouda-Design have never seen one like it before.
Made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij P. van der Want Gzn. - Ivora Works or simply Plateelbakkerij Ivora. All the Dutch potteries made items for companies and organisations such as KLM, Holland America Line, Bols, Liberty's. They were made for them to sell or give away as tourist ware, souvenirs, corporate gifts, promotions, etc. This is obviously one of them made by Ivora. Perhaps for the RAF Officers Mess and/or the serving personnel in the countries that 'No.XVIII Staging Post' was active? If anyone has any more information about 'No.XVIII Staging Post' we would be very grateful to hear from you and we will pass the information onto Steve.
Date would obviously be post WW2 so possibly circa 1947 - 1950. Size is 150 mm diameter and 40 mm deep.
Picture 148 - Presenting a wall plate (wandbord) from Julian in Dorset here in the UK. Julian says - "I bought this wall plate because I was fascinated by the art nouveau design. I have a collection of some 200 Minton Secessionist including a number of large plates and chargers. Some of which are the most spectacular things in the Minton Secessionist range. I thought this Gouda piece would go well with the Minton in colour and design. I have been thinking for some time about setting up a Minton Secessionist website which would be useful to collectors. Gouda-Design has encouraged me to go ahead!"
Made by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH), the wall plate is in a superb art nouveau decor with inset medallion of a portrait after Rembrandt.
Painted by Leendert Johan Muller (1879 - 1969) who worked for PZH from 1898 to 1932. From 1898 to 1910 he was a decorator, then in 1910 became head of the drawing room. Muller was noted for his prolific design work.
Dating circa 1905 - 1910 when Muller was still painting. The plate is some 27 cm in diameter.
Thanks to Jon-Paul, Bert-Jan, Peter, Steve and Julian