Royal Goedewaagen large traditional Dutch tobacco storage jar


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Large tobacco storage jar made between 1950 and 1974 by Royal Goedewaagen in Gouda, the Netherlands. These large jars with a brass lid were traditionally used in shops to store tobacco. The jars had the origin name of the tobacco painted on them. This tobacco jar simply states "Toeback", which is the old Dutch word for tobacco (in present-day Dutch it would be "tabak"). The front side of the jar is decorated with various Delft style flower and leaf ornaments and two stylised native Americans dressed in tobacco leaves, smoking a pipe. The back side of the jar is decorated with a flower ornament. The jar has a wide mouth, covered by a polished brass lid.

We are not sure whether the decoration of this jar is handpainted or applied by transfer (printing). It looks handpainted, but there is also a possibility that it is just a very good transfer that looks very much like hand painting. Normally the difference between these two can be seen under magnification, but we find it difficult to give a definitive judgement in this case. So the price of this jar will be set assuming it is handmade, but not handpainted.

The jar is marked at the bottom with two crossed clay pipes, the name "Goedewaagen" and the designation "Holland". There is also an impressed number (1425) in the ceramic, which is the model number. There are three small stilt marks visible, where the jar was standing upon when it was fired in the oven. This is normal for traditional handmade ceramics like this.

Condition: excellent, as new. There are no damages, cracks or hairlines and there is no visible wear to the glaze. The glaze shows no crazing and has a nice sheen. The brass lid is without wear or deformations and has a beautiful gloss. In part of the jar (to the right from the front decoration) there is a horizontal seam / welt visible in the ceramic, where the top part of the jar was joined with the lower part. This defect is not very disturbing but should be mentioned. The inside of the jar is fully glazed and clean, as new.

A beautiful large storage jar, which can also be used as a flower vase. This jar will fit a variety of interiors, from traditional to modern

Made by: Royal Goedewaagen

Place of manufacture: Gouda, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: most likely between 1950 and 1974

Method of decoration: handpainted

Size: height: 33 cm, diameter: 22,5 cm (capacity 5,75 litres)

Weight: 1,84 kg

Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.

Current catalogue price: Goedewaagen still makes these tobacco jars, in different sizes. The jars are handmade, but not handpainted. You can find the current price of these jars here:


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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If you buy multiple items from our shop in one purchase, we will try to combine the items into one parcel. Any excess shipping costs will be refunded.

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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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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