Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH) very large handpainted Delft covered vase


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Very large (47 cm high) handpainted Delft blue covered vase made between 1958 and 1964 by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH) in Gouda, the Netherlands. The six-sided vase is painted underglaze with a Delft style decoration showing a fantasy garden with flowers. The decoration is continuous and encircles the vase. The shoulders of the vase are decorated with Delft style ornaments. The lid is painted in a matching pattern and features a prominent 'foo-dog', a stylised Chinese guardian lion placed on a rock. The painting is of a high quality, lively and energetic. The vase is ribbed, which adds extra sheen to the glaze. The inside of the vase is fully glazed.

The Delft blue Delftware of Zuid-Holland is noted for its very good quality, comparable with that of the Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft). In comparison with the Porceleyne Fles, Zuid-Holland features a bit darker blue and the decorations are more expressive (maybe an influence from the Gouda style production, which often features expressive, organic decorations). The glaze of PZH also has a bit darker tint, which makes it look especially good at night under dimmed incandescent light.

The vase is signed at the bottom with a "Royal Delft Blue Holland" mark, which was a stamped mark used by PZH between 1958 and 1964 for their Delft style items. There is also a handpainted model number (5008) and a painter's signature (GK), which is the signature of Mr G.J. Kruijsheer, who was born in 1906 and worked as a young painter from 1919 till 1920 at PZH and again from 1945 till 1964.

Condition: excellent, as new. There are no damages, cracks, hairlines or restorations. There is no visible wear to the glaze, which has a beautiful gloss. There is no crazing of the glaze. The inside of the vase is clean, as new.

A large and beautiful covered vase of high-quality Delft which will add class and style 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: between 1958 and 1964

Method of decoration: handpainted (underglaze)

Size: height: 47 cm, width (point to point): 26,5 cm, depth: 24 cm (capacity exactly 10 litres)

Weight: 3,82 kg

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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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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.
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