Quo Vadis Gouda medium sized handpainted blue Delft flower vase


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Beautiful medium sized handpainted Delft flower vase made the 'Quo Vadis' pottery in Gouda, the Netherlands. The vase is painted underglaze in classic Delft Blue style. The decoration shows a fenced off fantasy garden with elaborate Delft style flowers, a bird of paradise and an insect. The decoration encircles the vase. The shoulders of the vase are decorated with Delft style ornaments. The decoration is well painted. The inside of the vase is fully glazed.

The vase is signed at the bottom with a handpainted Quo Vadis mark (Q?V), the classification "Delfts" and "Holland", a model or decor number (106/1) and the painter's signature (LB, of Mr. Bas van der Laan). There is also a letter "v", of which the meaning is unknown to us. Inscribed in the clay the letter "R" can be found.

Condition: Excellent, as new. The vase has no defects or damages. There is no visible wear to the glaze, which has a beautiful sheen. There is no crazing of the glaze. The inside of the vase is clean.

A beautiful flower vase of good size with good quality painting, produced by one of the lesser known Delftware factories in the Netherlands. A great item for Delftware collectors. Also perfect for decoration, the vase can (with care) also be used as an actual flower vase (the vase is fully glazed on the inside).

Made by: Kunstaardewerkfabriek Quo Vadis

Place of manufacture: Gouda, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1947-1969, most likely during the 1950s

Method of decoration: handpainted (underglaze)

Size: height: 20,5 cm, diameter: 15,3 cm (capacity 2,2 litres)

Weight: 580 g

Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.


About Quo Vadis:

Kunstaardewerkfabriek Quo Vadis (Art pottery Quo Vadis) was a medium sized pottery / ceramic factory based in Gouda which produced decorative earthenware, mostly in Gouda and Delft Blue style, between 1947 and 1969. During the 1950s approximately 25 people were employed, of whom 17 were painters. The factory was owned by Mr Jan Rouwen, who was also involved with the former RAM pottery in Arnhem. The quality of the Delft items produced by Quo Vadis was among the better of the smaller Delftware producers in the Netherlands.

In 1969 the factory became part of the Goedewaagen ceramic factory, which still exists today. Mr Jan Bijlaart, who was the artistic director of Quo Vadis, became the main person responsible for the production of Delftware by Goedewaagen in its new location in Nieuw-Buinen.

"Quo Vadis?" is a Latin phrase meaning 'Where are you going?'. It is often used to inquire about someone's purpose, ambitions, or to encourage introspection.


This beautiful vase will be securely packaged and send by tracked and insured mail. If you buy multiple items from our shop, we will combine the shipping of these items. If the actual combined shipping costs are less than the shipping costs that you have already paid, we will refund the difference. So you will only pay the actual shipping costs.

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 full refund (return costs are however not covered).

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How do you pack your items, will my item arrive safely?

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We have lots of experience of shipping ceramics, and we have seen what works and what does not work to protect ceramics during transit. If we ship multiple items in one package, each item is carefully wrapped and kept well seperated from the other items. We use large boxes, with plenty of buffer all around the items, so the packages can withstand a lot of abuse. All our packages should be able to cope with a 1,5 m drop without the items getting damaged.

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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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