Petrus Regout Maastricht antique transferware dish with chinoiserie luster glaze decor 'Vesta'


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Large (28,7 x 5,5 cm) antique transferware dish with additional handpainting made between 1890 and 1914 by Petrus Regout in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

The dish is a shallow bowl which was probably meant to be used as a wash bowl together with a matching jug. The dish features a chinoiserie style decoration with in its centre a pagoda and a garland of flowers. The edge is decorated with leaf and flower ornaments. The outlines of the decoration were applied underglaze by transfer print, while the colours (yellow, violet / pink, russet (reddish brown) and golden brown) have been applied overglaze by hand. The golden-brown colour is a lustre glaze / paint, which is a paint that contains metallic oxides, which after firing creates a metallic effect. The effect is silvery or golden, depending on the angle of sight (see pictures). The edge of the dish is painted russet, also by hand overglaze.

The backside of the dish has a printed Petrus Regout & Co. Maastricht mark, which in this style was used between 1892 and 1930. It features the name of the decoration ("Vesta") and the classification "Made in Holland". Of the Vesta decoration it is known that it was produced between 1863 and 1930 by Petrus Regout. There are also several numbers, letters and symbols impressed in the clay: a large number 10, a large letter R and two smaller symbols, a stripe and an umbrella-like symbol. Of the umbrella symbol it is known that it was used on ceramics produced between 1890 and 1914. So all in all it can be concluded that this dish was made somewhere between 1890 and 1914.

A blue haze can be seen around the underglaze applied decorations, similar to flow blue transferware. This is interesting, because the underglaze outlines are printed in the colour black, not blue. Apparently there is some cobalt blue mixed in the black which diffuses into the surrounding ceramic. Several bluish spots can also be found on the backside of the dish.

Condition: excellent, there are no damages and there is very little wear to the glaze. Also the overglaze applied colours are in a very good condition, including the sensitive luster glaze. On both the front as the back side of the dish three tiny stilt marks can be found, which are small marks left by the stilts where the plate was resting upon while being fired. These marks are not defects, but normal artefacts of the way these dishes were produced. The occurrence of stilt marks on the front side of the dish is unusual, because this is normally only found on much older ceramics in the Netherlands.

A rare and beautiful example of coloured transferware from the beginning of the 20th century. In great condition, looks excellent under the correct lighting. Great on its own in a plate stand (the plate stand featured in the pictures will be provided with the dish), as a centrepiece or as a bowl on a table.

Made by: Petrus Regout & Co. (after 1899 also known as "De Sphinx")

Place of manufacture: Maastricht, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1890 and 1914

Method of decoration: transfer print applied by hand (underglaze), handpainted colours (overglaze)

Size: diameter 28,7 cm, depth 5,5 cm

Weight: 940 g

Additional pictures can be provided if required.


About Petrus Regout & Co.:

This factory was based in Maastricht, in the southernmost point of the Netherlands. It produced from 1836 to 1958 decorative ceramics and dinnerware in a variety of styles. Most often the decoration was applied by transfer print: a method whereby a monochrome print on paper (from an engraved copper or steel plate) was 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 blue and white Delftware produced by P. Regout and other Maastricht factories has a bit darker blue than the Delftware of other factories in the Netherlands.

In 1958 P. Regout merged with Société Céramique (also from Maastricht) to form Royal Sphinx, which continued to produce Delftware until 1969.


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