Very large (39,9 x 4,3 cm) Delft blue style wall plate made between 1960 and 1969 by Petrus Regout / Royal Sphinx in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The plate is decorated with a traditional Dutch polder landscape, featuring a farm house near a ditch, with windmills in the background and cattle and two man fishing in a boat in the foreground. The decoration, including the edge which has ornaments that look handpainted, were applied by means of transfer prints, a method whereby a monochrome print on paper (from an engraved copper or steel plate) is transferred by pressing it by hand onto the ceramic piece.
The image on this plate is made by Joseph Emmanuel Eduard ('Jef') Sonneville (1892-1971), who worked as an engraver at Petrus Regout together with his brothers Louis and Fons. They were the sons of the engraver Pierre Sonneville (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Sonneville), who also worked at Petrus Regout and taught them his engraving skills. Jef Sonneville created several of these Dutch landscape designs for Petrus Regout. He also made the designs of the very popular chinoiserie style 'Lange Lijs' series of tableware made by the MOSA ceramic factory in Maastricht. His signature, J. Sonneville can be found at the bottom of the image (see detail picture).
The backside of the plate is marked with a Petrus Regout / Royal Sphinx "Delft" mark which was used between 1960 and 1969. The plate has two holes in it footring with a metal wire through it to hang it on a wall.
Condition: excellent, there are no damages and there is very little wear to the glaze, which has a deep gloss. There are two artefacts visible on the dish, so called 'kiln kisses', which are points where the dish was touched by other items during the firing process. One is visible on the front side of the dish, as the square light spot in the wall of the house. The other spot is visible on the edge of the dish (see detail pictures). Both artefacts are not disturbing, they can hardly be noticed and are often seen on this kind of Delftware which was still largely produced by hand well into the 1960s.
A large but affordable Delft style plate with a very detailed and high quality transfer print, great to add a bit of Dutch scenery to any interior. Great to hang on a wall, but also nice on its own in a plate stand. The perspex plate stand that is featured in the photos will be included with the dish.
Made by: Petrus Regout & Co. (after 1899 also known as "De Sphinx")
Place of manufacture: Maastricht, the Netherlands
Year of manufacture: between 1960 - 1969
Method of decoration: transfer print applied by hand (underglaze)
Size: diameter 39,9 cm, depth 4,3 cm
Weight: 1,88 kg
Additional pictures can be provided if required.
About Petrus Regout & Co.:
This factory was based in Maastricht, in the southernmost point of the Netherlands. It produced from 1836 to 1958 decorative ceramics and dinnerware in a variety of styles. Most often the decoration was applied by transfer print: a method whereby a monochrome print on paper (from an engraved copper or steel plate) was transferred by pressing it onto the ceramic piece. This transfer process was done by hand. Although transfer printed items lack the vibrancy of handpainted items, the process does allow for the production of beautiful, detailed and decorative items, which would be very expensive or impossible to produce by hand painting. The blue and white Delftware produced by P. Regout and other Maastricht factories has a bit darker blue than the Delftware of other factories in the Netherlands.
In 1958 P. Regout merged with Société Céramique (also from Maastricht) to form Royal Sphinx, which continued to produce Delftware until 1969.
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