Collecting Dutch Delftware - Part 6
Starting a Collection on a Small Budget
Doreen & George know their Delftware. We are very grateful to them for being part of our expert team of advisors. Here they present their new article on buying Delftware with limited funds.
"Once again we would like to thank Stuart and Kim for inviting us to do another article on Collecting Dutch Delftware. We thought that this time we would like to show some interesting Delft pieces which it is possible to find on a small budget. These include some, but not all, of the better makers' names. The whole of this collection was found for less than 200 British Pounds (GBP)."
Pottenbakkerij Aurora Wokum
This is a small 7.5cm round vase from the Aurora factory in Workum. The date of the piece is circa. 1950. This is one of the early marks from 1945, the later marks had a setting sun with either one, two or three sun rays up until 1995 when the factory closed. It is an interesting little piece, tin-glazed, hand-made; you can still feel the little ribs on the inside of the vase from the fingers of the potter when it was thrown. It is also hand- painted.
Gouds Keramisch Atelier (Goka)
This 16.0cm square tile was made at the Goka studio in Gouda. The date of the piece is circa. 1970. Goka is no longer in business. It is fully hand painted and is in excellent condition. The factory markings and signature on the back of the tile are painted onto the unglazed biscuit and could easily be destroyed, so care has to be taken to try to preserve it. The tile depicts the East Gate (Oostpoort) in Delft. This is the only city gate which remains. It was built in 1400 and the spires were raised in 1514. The gate was turned into a studio house in the 1960's and is still lived in. It is an important tourist attraction - much visited and photographed.
A small 8.0cm long, hand-painted clog from the OUD Delft factory in Nijmegen. Date is circa. 1950. The artist has signed his initials. Although this is a small piece it has a good maker's mark and is signed and dated, we can, however, only guess at the date. On tours around antique fairs and centres little 'clomps' can be found. Generally they are untraceable and sometimes from the Far East. So a little 'clomp' like this is a good buy if the price is right.
De Porceleyne Fles
A stunning red delft (craquel) ashtray from the de Porceleyne Fles factory in Delft. The centre shows a butterfly design with leaves and flowers around the sides. Size is 16.5cm in diameter and the mark 'CL' shows the date of manufacture to be 1967. The 'HW' (connected) is that of the artist H.J.A. Weinberg who worked at the factory 1930 to 1971. The design is by Cornelius Hartog. The piece is in excellent condition. Even though smoking is not the 'in thing' these days the ashtray is a nice piece of history. It is for cigars rather than cigarettes - note the wider rests. Also the piece has never been used for its original purpose. One cannot imagine anyone stumping a cigar out on a lovely piece like this!
This 16.0cm figure of a Dutch man was produced by the de Porceleyne Fles factory in 1985 (mark DE). The lady artist is H. van Leeuwen (born 1960) who worked at the factory from 1978 to 1993. Pieces like this are very much sought after and treasured.
A 14.0cm diameter de Porceleyne fles plate painted by H. E. Planken, who worked at the Fles factory 1941 to 1990, which is 49 years - all the artist's working life. It is a well painted quality piece dated 1952 (BW).
A 9.0cm tall vase from the Fles factory. The cartouche on the vase has a painting of a river scene of sailing Tjalks, while the rest of the vase is decorated with flowers and foliage. In excellent condition.The letter 'M' is the year mark for 1891. The letters 'VK' (connected) are those of the artist A.J. van Kampenhout who worked at the factory 1892 to 1942 according to the reference books, although this piece may have been done when he was learning the trade. He was to become one of the finest painters/schilders at de Porceleyne Fles. It is also an antique being over 100 years old.
A small tile (6.0cm x 12.2cm) again from de Porceleyne Fles. The date letter of 'Y' shows the manufacture date was 1903. 'VH' connected indicate that G. van Heijenoort, who worked at the factory from 1891 to 1940, was the artist. In excellent condition with great attention to detail in the painting.
The tile shows what is known as a Polder Mill used for draining the land. It would have either a 'scoop wheel', seen predominantly in Zuid (South) Holland, or an 'Archimedean screw', seen predominantly in Noord (North) Holland.
Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH)
A Delft Blue dish 13.5cm diameter, hand-painted at the PZH factory. The date is probably sometime in the 1950's. Condition is excellent.The painting in the centre shows another windmill. This is a Wipmolen (hollow post mill). This type of mill was developed in the early part of the 15th Century for draining the land and was equipped with a 'scoop wheel'.
The manufacturer of this clog was Firma Wed. N.S.A. Brantjes & Co factory, Purmerend, Holland. Brantjes only made a very small amount of delftware, which was known as Aardewerk (earthenware), during the period 1895 and 1904. The main product was Nieuw Kunst (new art - Art Nouveau) Faience.
The clog is 15.0cm long and shows the picture of a sailing Tjalk. The very small initials 'AV' (joined) are characteristic of the artist A.J. Visser. The letter 'E' is most probably the other artist who is unknown. One artist would have decorated the cartouche and the other the rest of the clomp. Date (letter 'B') is 1897. It is in excellent condition. Note the faded 'Kan' mark, one of the early Brantjes marks.
Delftware pieces from this factory are very rare. This clog has been authenticated by the Purmerend Museum in Holland. We are showing it in the way it was originally made - to contain a posy of flowers which could be used as a decoration.
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