Zenith Gouda - very large handpainted Delft style wall plate with painting after Rembrandt


Shipping to United States: $52.46

Very large (41 cm diameter) and beautiful handpainted wall plate / dish in Delft style made between 1945 and 1960 by Zenith in Gouda, the Netherlands. The plate has a slightly scalloped edge and is painted underglaze. The plate shows a reproduction of a 17th century painting of Rembrandt, of which the official name is "Tronie van een man met gevederde baret" (Tronie of a man with a feathered baret). On the backside of the plate it is referred to by a more informal name: "Officier" (Officer). Information about the original painting can be found here: www.mauritshuis.nl/en/explore/the-collection/artworks/tronie-of-a-man-with-a-feathered-beret-149/. The edge of the dish is decorated with a ring of beautiful Delft style leaf ornaments. The painting of the dish is of a high quality, comparable with similar (and much sought after) large art reproduction plates of De Porceleyne Fles.

The backside of the plate is signed with a handpainted Zenith Gouda mark and the designation "Delfts Blauw" (Delft Blue). It also shows a painters signature (VA) and the name of the painting ("Officier"). The plate has two holes in its footring with iron wires through it for hanging it on a wall. On the front side in the lower right corner of the painting is written "naar Rembrandt", which means "after Rembrandt".

A beautiful and impressive plate, great to hang on a wall, but it can also be placed on its own in a plate stand. For this, a matching acrylic stand will be provided with the plate (the same as featured in the photos).

Made by: Zenith, Plateelbakkerij

Place of manufacture: Gouda, the Netherlands

Year of manufacture: between 1945 and 1960

Method of decoration: handpainted (underglaze)

Size: diameter 41,3 cm, depth: 6,3 cm

Weight: 1,82 kg

Condition: the dish is in an excellent condition, as new. There are no damages or restorations, nor any visible wear to the glaze, which has a beautiful gloss and shows deep colours. There is some light age related crazing visible on the back side, but not on the front side.

Additional pictures of the object can be provided if required.


About Zenith:

Zenith was founded in 1749 in Gouda as a factory producing Dutch clay pipes. The factory was owned by the van der Want family. In 1915, as demand for clay pipes was dwindling, the factory started with the production of Art Nouveau (Gouda style) art pottery, inspired by the success of Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (also located in Gouda). Till 1924 mostly glossy (underglaze) Gouda style pottery was produced, while after 1924 most pieces were given a matte glaze. From 1935 onwards the factory also started to produce Delftware in the Delft blue and white style. During the war production became limited and was oriented to utilitarian articles. After the liberation in 1945, production of high quality earthenware resumed and was greatly increased till in 1968 Zenith was the largest pottery factory in Gouda. Sadly from 1960 onwards the quality of the Delftware decreased. As painters salaries became higher, the factory turned more and more towards printing techniques, sometimes even marking pieces as "handpainted", while they were actually printed.

In 1980 a large fire struck the factory and in 1984 because of bad financial results the factory closed its doors, the last of the large Gouda pottery factories.


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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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