Beautiful medium sized (17,5 x 16,8 cm) art-deco style porcelain vase made between 1920 and 1940 by Mosa in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The jug-shaped vase is decorated with a flame pattern in contrasting yellow and brown. A slight gradient from dark to light can be noticed in the yellow flames.
The bottom of the vase has a printed Mosa mark with a seven arched bridge (the Sint Servaasbrug in Maastricht, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sint_Servaasbrug). This mark was used between 1920 and 1940 by Mosa.
Condition: very good. There are no cracks, damages or restorations. The glaze is in a very good condition, with only on a few spots some minimal wear (see detail pictures), which can hardly be noticed. The glaze has a beautiful, silky gloss. There is no crazing of the glaze.
A still very modern looking vase from the art-deco era which can be used for decoration and (with care) as an actual flower vase. The inside is fully glazed and the vase is made of sturdy porcelain. Great for ikebana.
Made by: Mosa
Place of manufacture: Maastricht, the Netherlands
Year of manufacture: between 1920 - 1940
Size: height: 17,5 cm, diameter: 16,8 cm (capacity: 1,5 litres)
Weight: 940 g
Additional pictures can be provided if required.
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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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.