Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH) pair of very large handpainted Delft polychrome 'garlic-neck' vases


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Pair of very large (44,5 cm high) handpainted Delft style "garlic-neck" vases (the Dutch name for this type of vase is "knobbelvaas", which translates to "knob vase"), made in the 1950's by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH) in Gouda, the Netherlands. The two identical vases are painted underglaze in Delft polychrome style using blue, green, black, yellow, ochre, purple and magenta colours. The front side of the vases shows a flower basket filled with Delft style flowers and a bird on top. Various leaf and flower ornaments run down the sides to the back. The backside of the vases is decorated with a display of Delft style flowers above a small body of water. The foot, neck and knob are decorated with Delft style ornaments. The vases are ribbed, which adds an extra sheen to the glaze. The inside of the vases is fully glazed.

The Delftware of Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland is noted for its good quality, comparable with that of the Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft). In comparison with the Porceleyne Fles, the decorations of Zuid-Holland are more flamboyant and expressive, which is probably an influence from their Gouda style products, which often feature expressive, organic decorations.

Both vases are signed at the bottom with a handpainted PZH mark (a house with a gate, the Lazarus gate of Gouda), a vase model number (5054) and the classifications "Poly Delft", "Holland" and "Handpainted". Underneath / to the right side of the mark we find the painters signature, "Gv", which is the signature of Mr. Gerrit Nicolaas Veerman, who worked from 1918 till 1964 at PZH as a painter. His mark is often found on Delft style items of PZH from the 1950's.

Condition: excellent, there are no damages, cracks, hairlines or restorations. There is no visible wear to the glaze, which has a beautiful gloss. There is a very light crazing of the glaze, which is normal for Delftware items of this age and in our opinion only adds charm. The inside of the vases is clean.

An impressive and colourful pair of Delft style vases, which will add style and colour to any room and will fit in with a variety of interior styles, from classic to modern.

Made by: Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland

Place of manufacture: Gouda, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: most probably between 1950 and 1964

Method of decoration: handpainted (underglaze)

Size: height: 44,5 cm, diameter: 22,3 cm (capacity 6 litres)

Weight: 2,90 and 3,26 kg (total weight: 6,16 kg)

Additional pictures of the objects can be provided if required.


About Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland:

Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (also known as "Plazuid" or PZH) was a pottery company located in the city of Gouda which played a leading role in the development of the Gouda art pottery style during the 1900-1920 period. The factory was founded in 1898 and produced till 1910 primarily high-quality art nouveau / Jugendstil style pottery. In 1909 it developed a matt glaze technique that became characteristic for Gouda style pottery in the following decades (up till then the decoration was often painted underglaze with a high gloss finish). Production was quite successful and around 1920 over 300 people were employed by the company. Many famous names in Dutch ceramic art have created designs for Zuid-Holland.

Decline came when during 1928 a yearlong (!) labour strike of factory workers demanding higher wages struck the Gouda pottery industry. After that was resolved, the Great Depression of the 1930's kicked in. In reaction to this, production became oriented towards more simple designs and techniques and to the production of tableware instead of art pottery. After WWII the factory continued its production. Delftware (Delft Blue and polychrome styles), which had always been produced by the factory alongside its Gouda styles, became more important. The company survived up till 1965, when rising labour costs and competition from other Dutch ceramic factories such as Zenith and Goedewaagen forced a sudden closure.

More information on Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (and Gouda pottery in general) can be found on this English language website:


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