Mosa Maastricht pair of Rouen style transferware + handpainted porcelain vases

$111.57

Shipping to United States: $51.32

Pair of medium sized (28 cm high) Rouen style garlic neck vases made between 1900 and 1930 by Mosa in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The hexagonal (six-sided) white porcelain vases are decorated underglaze with a blue transfer print, which was applied by hand. In addition to this, green, yellow and red colours have been applied overglaze with enamel paint. The six sides of the vases feature two alternating cartouches, one with a hanging flower arrangement and one with a hanging basket filled with flowers. The foot, shoulders and neck are decorated with various geometric leaf and flower ornaments.

The vases are marked underneath with an impressed number "654", which corresponds to the transferware pattern used for this design.

Overpainting blue and white porcelain with additional colours is actually an old practice in the Netherlands, as from the beginning of the 18th century blue and white porcelain items imported from China and Japan were "upgraded" in the Netherlands by painting additional colours overglaze on them. These items are generally known as "Amsterdam bont" ("bont" means colourful in Dutch). More information on this tradition can be found here: https://gotheborg.com/glossary/amsterdamsbont.shtml

Condition: the vases are in a good condition, without any cracks or hairlines. Both vases have some fritting and small damages near their feet, but this is hardly noticeable (see detail pictures). One of the vases has on the inside of its mouth a small "fold" in the porcelain, this is not a crack or a damage, just a production artefact. The enamel overglaze paint is generally in a good condition, but does show some wear at some places. Generally, the vases display still beautifully, with strong and bright colours and a nice gloss.

A delightful pair of vases with a rare combination of underglaze transfer prints and overglaze decoration. These colourful vases will look great in a variety of interiors, from classic to modern. The vases are very sturdy, so with proper care will last a lifetime.

Made by: Mosa

Place of manufacture: Maastricht, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1900 - 1930

Method of decoration: underglaze transfer print with overglaze handpainting

Size: height: 28 cm, width: 13 cm, depth: 13 cm (capacity each: 1,4 litre)

Weight: 680 g each (total weight 1,36 kg)

Additional pictures can be provided if required.

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About Mosa:

Royal Mosa is a ceramic factory based in Maastricht, in the southernmost point of the Netherlands. Mosa was founded in 1883 by Hubert Gérard Louis (Louis I) Regout, who was one of the sons of Petrus Regout who in 1836 had founded the ceramic factory P. Regout in Maastricht. In its first few years the new factory was known as Louis Regout. After a few years the factory adopted the name Mosa, which is the Latin name for the river Maas (Meuse), on which banks Maastricht is located. To avoid competition with the P. Regout factory, Mosa specialised in high quality porcelain wares instead of the earthenware (stoneware) produced by the older factory.

At Mosa the decoration was most often applied by transfer print: a method whereby a monochrome print on paper (from an engraved copper or steel plate) is 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 transfer printed items of Mosa are often of a high quality, because they used detailed transfers on a bright white porcelain background. Until 1935 much of the items were blue and white Delft or Chinoiserie style items, sometimes a mixture of both. Chinoiserie style items were sometimes marked with pseudo-Chinese marks, while Delft style items were marked with "n/Delft", which is short for "naar Delft", meaning "after Delft" (Delft style). A range of tableware with a chinoiserie decor called "Lange Lijs" ("Long Eliza" in English) became especially popular and is still collected by many in the Netherlands (see https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lange_Lijs).

From 1932 Mosa also started to produce earthenware (stoneware) items, as demand for expensive porcelain was decreasing. Also the production of wall tiles became important for the factory. More contemporary designs were adopted for the decorative items and tableware, especially after the second world war. During the 1970s the focus shifted towards porcelain tableware for restaurants, hotels etc. In 1996 the activities were separated into a branch that specialised in producing floor and wall tiles (Royal Mosa, see www.mosa.com/en-us) and a branch that continued to produce professional porcelain tableware (first called "Mosa Porselein", later "Maastricht Porselein", see www.wegter.nl/en_US/page/571/eigen-merk-maastricht-porselein/). Both branches still continue to produce successfully today.

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These beautiful vases will be carefully packed and send by tracked and insured mail.

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If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may contact us within 14 days from the delivery date to return the item. If the item is returned in its original condition, we will issue a refund for the total purchase price of the item (return shipping costs are however not covered).

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What are your shipping times?

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How do you pack your items, will my item arrive safely?

Broken ceramics is a thing we do not like! Not only is it a waste of time and money, but it also (often) means the end for a rare and unique item, which was treasured and cared for by their previous owners. So we really want to avoid any damages during shipping!
We have lots of experience of shipping ceramics, and we have seen what works and what does not work to protect ceramics during transit. If we ship multiple items in one package, each item is carefully wrapped and kept well seperated from the other items. We use large boxes, with plenty of buffer all around the items, so the packages can withstand a lot of abuse. All our packages should be able to cope with a 1,5 m drop without the items getting damaged.

Do you take care of the environment?

Yes we do. We re-use packaging materials as much as possible, which means we rarely have to buy new materials for our packaging. Only foam peanuts are sometimes bought by us, in which case we choose starch based peanuts which are fully biodegradable, non-toxic and water-soluble.
Each year, we calculate the greenhouse gas emissions in CO2-equivalents caused by our shipping. We multiply that amount by 150% and then offset it in certified CO2 compensation projects based on tree planting / reforestation in Bolivia and Uganda. See https://treesforall.nl/en/project/ for more information on the projects.

How should I take care of my Dutch ceramics?

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.
Second, don't clean them too often! Underglaze painted Gouda and Delftware can be perfectly cleaned with water if necessary, but often just dusting them off or polishing them up a bit with a soft dry cloth is enough. Overglaze painted items should not be cleaned too often.
The colours of ceramics do not fade in sunlight, so you can put them in bright spots where they look good. But do avoid large temperature differences, which will cause increased crazing in many Delftware and also Gouda type pieces.

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