Royal Goedewaagen handpainted Gouda art nouveau / art-deco style 'Iris' vase


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Stylish handpainted Gouda style vase made in 1993 by Royal Goedewaagen in Nieuw-Buinen, the Netherlands. The amphora shaped vase is painted with a décor called "Iris". The model and decoration are based on the art nouveau and art deco style Gouda pottery which was produced in the early 1920 by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland and pottery 'De Distel', both of which were later acquired by Goedewaagen.

The vase has a matt glaze style, which means that the decoration is not painted underglaze (under a transparent glaze), but instead is painted on top of a cream white background glaze and fused with it during a second firing.

The decoration is identical on both sides of the vase and features a symmetrical decor of organic shapes painted in cream yellow, violet, russet (reddish brown), dark green and dark blue colours, surrounded by gold-brown outlines against a cream white background. The neck, foot and handles of the vase are painted black. The inside of the vase is glazed with the cream white background glaze.

The vase is signed at the bottom with a handpainted "Royal Goedewaagen" mark and the classifications "Gouds Plateel" (Gouda style pottery) and "Handgeschilderd" (handpainted). There is also a model or production number (25/25/0), a limited series number (vase nr. 84 from a maximal number of 999 vases), a year symbol (a P symbol with four dashes, which is the year symbol of 1993) and the painter's signature (a monogram of the letters A and B).

Condition: excellent, as new except for a chip on the foot of the vase, which has been painted black to make it less visible (see pictures). The chip is hardly noticeable when the vase is standing, but the price of the vase has been adjusted for this. Aside from the chip, the vase is in an excellent condition. The glaze shows no visible wear and the colours are bright and beautiful. The inside of the vase is very clean, as new.

A very stylish and modern looking vase in classic Gouda art nouveau / art deco style which will look great in a variety of interiors, from classic to modern.

Made by: Royal Goedewaagen

Place of manufacture: Nieuw-Buinen, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: 1993

Method of decoration: handpainted

Size: height: 24,6 cm, diameter: 14,5 cm (capacity 1,4 litres)

Weight: 580 g

Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.


About Royal Goedewaagen:

The history of the Goedewaagen factory is a history of adaptation and acquisitions. In 1779 Dirk Goedewaagen founded a ceramic factory in Gouda which produced clay pipes and simple tableware from earthenware. In 1853 Goedewaagen acquired a large ceramic factory in Gouda, De Star, which was founded in 1610 (hence Goedewaagen claims its history goes back to 1610). With this acquisition Goedewaagen became the largest clay pipe factory in the Netherlands and later even from Europe. From 1912 Goedewaagen started with the production of art nouveau style Gouda pottery, cloisonné tiles, Delftware and other kinds of art pottery. In 1923 the renowned art pottery factory 'De Distel' was acquired by Goedewaagen, which incorporated production of high quality art nouveau / Jugendstil / Art Deco pieces. In 1965 Goedewaagen acquired the designs and moulds for Delftware from the well-known ceramic factory Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland from Gouda, which had gone bankrupt that year. During the following decades Goedewaagen became one of the major producers of Delftware in the Netherlands, producing generally good quality handpainted pieces. From 1963 to 1974 the production was gradually moved from Gouda to a new factory in Nieuw-Buinen, in the Northeast of the Netherlands, where labour and energy costs were much lower than in Gouda. In 1989 Goedewaagen acquired Flora, a ceramic factory that also had its roots in Gouda and was well known for its decorative pottery with modern designs. In 2013 Goedewaagen incorporated the 'Urnencentrum Nederland', a producer of handmade urns, and in 2016 the artisanal tile-maker Albarello from the Frisian town of Menaldum. Finally in 2019 Goedewaagen started a joint venture with Friesland Porzellan, a well-known and large German producer of porcelain tableware.

In 1989 the (independent) Ceramic Museum Goedewaagen opened up next to the factory. The museum holds a large collection of Dutch ceramics dated after 1873. It holds regular thematic exhibitions and performs scientific research on Dutch pottery.

Goedewaagen nowadays still produces good quality handpainted Gouda and Delftware, besides also cheaper items which have a printed decoration. Printed items are usually signed as "handmade", while handpainted items are signed with "handpainted" and also show handpainted signatures (monograms) of the painters.

More information on Goedewaagen and their current products can be found on their website:


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First of all, don't let them fall! Always handle them in a mindful way and put them in spots where they cannot be accidentally bumped over when cleaning or vacuuming. Some people put some (clean) sand in vases to make them more stable.
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