Ivora Gouda small high gloss Gouda style amphora shaped vase


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Beautiful small sized (17,2 cm high) Gouda style decorative vase made between 1919 and 1928 by the Ivora factory in Gouda, the Netherlands. The vase is handmade and handpainted underglaze in the B.O. pattern / design, which was one of the patterns adopted by Ivora from the Rozenburg factory in the Hague, after it went bankrupt in 1916.

The B.O. pattern is a typical art-nouveau Gouda style pattern, consisting of stylized flowers, leaves and organic shapes merged fluently together. The decoration is painted underglaze in ochre (yellow), grape, violet, light blue, teal green, maroon (brown-red) and black colours over a dark green background. The vase has been finished with a beautiful high gloss glaze, also on the inside.

A thing to note is that for the pictures here the vase is well lit and the colours are then quite bright and strong. In reality, without any focused light on it, the colours of the vase are much more subdued, which makes the vase more "humble" and mysterious. So for this type of high gloss Gouda vases, the amount of light they receive really makes a difference for the appearance. We like them best displayed without too much light on them.

The bottom of the vase is marked with the factory name "Ivora" and the designations "Gouda" and "Holland". The number 222 is the vase model number and B.O. is the name of the pattern used. Below the letter D of "Holland" a small letter "j" can be found, which is the painter's mark.

Condition: the vase is in a very good condition, without any damages, cracks or hairlines. There is very little wear to the glaze, which has a beautiful deep, dark gloss. There is a bit of age-related crazing visible in the glaze, which is only noticeable under very bright light and in our opinion does not affect the beauty of the vase. The previous owner has put some pieces of metal film on its unglazed footring, probably as a scratch protection for the surface it was standing on. We have left these pieces as they are, as they are not disturbing and may still be useful for the next owner. With the right solvent they can be easily removed if needed.

A very beautiful Gouda vase in a very good condition. A jewel in any cabinet and a great addition for collections of Gouda pottery or art-nouveau ceramics.

Made by: Plateelfabriek Ivora

Place of manufacture: Gouda, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1919 and 1928

Method of decoration: handpainted (underglaze)

Size: height 17,2 cm, diameter 8,4 cm (capacity 350 ml)

Weight: 290 g

Additional pictures can be provided if required.


About Ivora:

Starting out as a clay pipe factory during the 17th century, the Ivora factory in Gouda started producing art pottery from 1914 onwards under the leadership of Mr Ivon van der Want. When the famous Rozenberg factory in the Hague went bankrupt in 1916, several of its painters came over to the Ivora factory, along with several of the moulds and models. Like the Regina and Zenith factories in Gouda (also owned by the van der Want family), Ivora produced Gouda type pottery of a high quality. Early models were painted underglaze with a high gloss finish, from the 1920s onward matt glazes (painted onglaze) were also introduced.

Besides pottery, Ivora also produced handpainted tiles and tile tableaus. After WW II the factory also started to produce handpainted blue and white Delftware. Production lasted up till 1965, when the factory finally closed its doors.


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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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