Collecting Dutch Delftware Part 6 - continued
De Delftse Pauw
An attractive 20.0cm diameter polychrome plate from the de Delftse Pauw factory. This factory is one of about five important factories and studios left in Delft. The picture of a dove and flowers was entirely hand-painted by an unknown artist. The date of the piece is also unknown but most probably done in the last 30 years.
This is an attractive fluted vase from the Ram factory in Arnhem. The vase is 16.0cm tall with a date of manufacture around 1935. Production at this factory ended in 1945. The piece is in excellent condition with clear base markings.
A 21.5cm diameter plate from the Regina factory in Gouda. Date is about 1965. This is another stunning piece by the painter Henk van Wensveen. We came to the date of 1965 from an article by Joop Nobel whose wife Ria worked with Henk during the period 1960 to 1970. He is most probably our favourite polychrome painter and probably one of the best outside de Porceleyne Fles and with his own distinctive style. Pieces like this have everything that a Delftware collector could want - a top factory, fully hand-painted by a craftsman and signed. Note his little signature 'vw'.
A Delftse Rood wall pocket from the Regina factory 16.5cm in length. The date of the piece is about 1965. Has no artist's initials but doesn't quite meet the Henrik Meilof quality. As we have said in another article Meiloff was the predominant Delftse Rood painter at the Regina factory. However, we must point out that he did also paint in Delftse blue just as Wensveen also painted in Delftse blue.
A lidded urn from the Velsen factory - Sassenheim, Holland (1942-2002). Date is circa. 1955. It is in excellent condition with the traditional style Velsen bird. Whenever you see a piece of Delft pottery with a bird like this you can almost guarantee that it is Velsen. Just as the other factories had their own different styles and ways of painting, you can after a time become able to identify the factory by either the colours or the design style. However, we must point out that you do need a base mark to confirm identity, without it it's just another piece of Delft. It is 25.0cm tall.
A small plate 17.0cm diameter, again from the Velsen factory in Velsen, Sassenheim, Holland (1942-2002). This decor shows a windmill scene and is in excellent condition. This is another Polder mill. The plate is signed by the painter but the identities of these painters are near impossible to find at this time. However, as you can see it is extremely well painted with a traditional Dutch scene.
A 1939 Christmas plate from the Zenith factory. The master painter and designer Aart Stolk painted and designed the plate. His initials are on the right-hand side 'S' around 'A'. He worked predominantly for Zenith his entire career from 1919 until retirement in the early 1980's. The lettering on the left-hand side of the base looks like 'Lo' but we believe is actually 'La', denoting 'La' for landscape. The inspiration for the picture on this plate seems to have come from a painting by one of the Dutch masters - Louis Apol or F.J. du Chattel. This is not uncommon as sometimes the Delft artist would have inserted a windmill where a church would have been or vice versa.
The plate is in excellent condition and the quality of the painting must be compared with that of de Porceleyne Fles.
A beautiful clog 12.5cm in length, from the Zenith factory. The date is about 1955. There is a canal scene on one side and a floral pattern on the other. It is one of the most attractive clogs we have seen and is on par with de Porceleyne Fles. It is signed TB, an artist as yet unknown to us. It also has the letters 'LA' denoting landscape which you cannot mistake on the base. A similar clog will also be seen in the new Gouda Pottery Book by Ron Tasman which should be out some time in June.
Finally - Items to Avoid!
Here are two pieces of a type probably not to buy. The basket, as you can see by the base mark on the right below, just reads "Hand painted Delft Blue Colour". The base mark on the clomp reads "Hand painted Delft blue Holland". It looks to be porcelain rather than pottery - you can see the light through it when you hold it up.
They are most probably not Dutch Delft nor even made in Holland, but probably made in the Far East. The quality on both is poor. For as much as these cost you could buy yourself a genuine piece of Dutch Delftware.
"All these pieces have been bought from Antiques Centres, Antiques Fairs and on-line Auction Sites in England, The Netherlands, Canada and U.S.A. We hope that you have enjoyed looking at these little Delft treasures and that they have given a little encouragement to new collectors. The pieces are all out there and the more places you visit the better chance you have of finding something."
Kindest regards - George & Doreen - March 2006.
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