A Crossroad of Color

Gouda Dutch Hand-Painted Bowl (LEO Design)

When I first saw this beautiful piece of Gouda Dutch art pottery, I was hesitant.  If you know my store, you know it is arranged by color: blue over here, orange over there, green a little further on.  Should I buy this piece?  Into which section would I place it?  Although I couldn’t figure-out the merchandising arrangement, I accepted it into the shop anyway—it is such a handsome piece.  A little Art Deco, a touch of Art Nouveau, it captures the transition of design schools which flourished between the wars.