Collecting Dutch Delftware Part 7

Here Doreen & George add to their fascinating series of articles with these superbly photographed items. Continued support of our site, not only through the articles, but in helping out with collectors Delftware questions is very gratefully acknowledged.

"Once again we would like to thank Stuart and Kim for inviting us to write another section on Collecting Dutch Delftware. It has become an annual event which we enjoy doing and we hope that you will enjoy reading it. We have tried to be as accurate as possible, when errors are made and new information comes to light we make amendments to the articles."


De Porcelyene Fles Vase



This is a De Porcelyene Fles vase, described in Rick Erikson’s book ‘Royal Delft – A Guide to de Porcelyene Fles’ as a Japanees Flesch Klein (small Japanese bottle). It is commonly referred to as an ‘onion vase’ or a ‘double goured’ vase.

The decorator of this 30.0cm tall vase is Joop de Wit whose full signature is on the base. The date mark is very difficult to decipher so you have to do a bit of detective work. It cannot be ‘CH’ which is 1963 as de Wit’s employment date starts in 1967 therefore it must be ‘DH’ which is 1988. To date we believe that Joop de Wit is still employed at De Porcelyene Fles.


De Porceleyene Fles ‘Seascape’ Vase

A 22.0cm tall vase made at the de Porceleyne Fles factory. The signature ‘VK’ connected is that of the decorator Antonius Johannes van Kampenhout, who worked at the factory from 1892 to 1942. The date letter of ‘Z’ denotes the year of 1904. The picture on the vase gives a magnificent panoramic view of a Dutch seascape for which the Dutch painters are famous.



Plateelbakkerij Delft Vase (P.B. Delft)



This 32.0cm tall, long-necked, bulbous vase was made at the P.B. Delft factory. The date mark is ‘G’ for 1909. As you can see this is another panoramic seascape and painted by A. J. Visser whose monogram can be seen as ‘AV’ connected. It seems as though A.J. Visser worked at quite a few of the factories in Holland, which was not uncommon for the Dutch pottery painters. We have traced his monogram to Rozenburg and Purmerend Brantes. If you look in Singelenberg-Van Der Meer’s book ‘Nederlandse Keramiek-en Glasmerken 1880-1940’ you can see Visser’s monogram under the Rozenburg artists. Also one of his characteristics is the smallness of his letters and writing. If you look back at Collecting Dutch Delftware Part 4 you will see a Purmerend Brantjes Ewer and Part 6 a Permerend Brantjes Clomp both with the tiny ‘AV’ connected.



PZH Pijnacker Lidded Dish

A lovely lidded Pijnacker dish from the PZH factory in Gouda is 16.5cm high. The artist is Gerrit Nicolaas Veerman who worked at PZH from 1918 to 1964. The date of the piece is 1948. We have also seen a similar dish with the same model number but made in Gouda pottery, however, Pijnacker is uncommon from PZH.




Ram Jug/Vase


A pear-shaped vase from the Ram factory in Arnhem. The artist initials are on the base. The date of the piece is circa 1935. Ram’s products were always well painted and was probably one of the top Delftware factories at the time along with Zenith, PZH and the cream of the Delft factories, de Porceleyne Fles who set the bench mark for quality and design. Height is 20.5cm.


Regina Dish

A 28.5cm diameter Delfts Rood shallow dish from the Regina factory in Gouda. It is in the ‘Avisa’ pattern from Latin in relation to birds. The same pattern is used on Gouda pieces (see Picture 33 in Collectors’ Gallery 6). The decorator was Hendrik Antonina Meilof - the foremost painter of Red Delft at Regina. The date of the piece is circa 1970, the date when painters were allowed to sign their name in full.




Regina Lidded Urn


This 30.5cm tall lidded urn is from the Regina factory in Gouda. Decorated by the acclaimed polychrome painter Henk van Wensveen. This one, however, is decorated in Delft Blue but still with great attention to detail in the Dutch way of decorating. As we have said in previous articles Wensveen was one of the best. His full signature is on the base. In the past we have considered pieces like this to be circa 1970 but the plain truth is we don’t know an exact date for these pieces so we think that is would be best to say between 1950 and 1970. Henk van Wensveen is no longer with us – for quite some time now - and the Regina factory has closed.


Schoonhoven Vase

A small - 10.5cm tall - vase from the Schoonhoven factory in Schoonhoven dating circa 1968. Not very old - quite simple in its design and decoration - it is an example of Schoonhoven Delft. We have seen some nice examples of Schoonhoven such as windmill plates. They are really very well done but we have not bought one yet.




Tickelaar Makkum




Octagonal plate from the Tickelaar Makkum factory in Makkum. Painted by Petra Kramer whose monogram ‘PK’ can be seen on the base. The production period we would say is circa 1965. From 1970 onwards Tickelaar Makkum dated their pieces starting with the mark ‘GO’. So from 1970 there should be two sets of initials - the artist/decorator and date. This can be very confusing at times as to which is the date or artist. Size is 18.0cm diameter.


Zenith Plate


This large - 34.0cm diameter - plate is from the Zenith factory in Gouda. It shows a picture of a ‘Vrolijke Drinker’ or ‘The Merry Drinker’. The original was painted by the Dutch Master Frans Hals in 1628-1630 and hangs in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The painting on this plate is by Art Stolk - monogram ‘S’ around ‘A’ - shortly after WW2. These plates are of excellent quality and a joy to look at by someone who appreciates Dutch Delftware and in our opinion must be on a par with de Porceleyne Fles. They do not come much better than this.



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