A New European Shipment – part I

Gouda Dutch Hand-Painted Vase with Inverted Palmettes (LEO Design)

We’ve just received several large shipments of art pottery from Europe—England, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe.  Over the next dozen days, we’ll be sharing selected pieces with you.  You may also visit our Instagram account (“leodesignhandsomegifts”) or peruse our on-line shop where some of the pieces have already been listed.

We start with the hand-painted vase above, a Dutch piece from the Gouda region.  Made in the 1920’s or 1930’s, it’s a fascinating blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco—with “palmettes” inspired by the Egyptian Revival craze of the period (King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922).  Gouda has been a center of ceramics production since the Seventeenth Century, known for its clay pipes shipped throughout Europe and the New World.  The city had the three things required of a successful ceramics-producing town:  clay, an energy source for the kilns (in this case, peat) and shipping routes to export the manufactured goods (here canals and other waterways).  In the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth century, Gouda developed a distinctive regional style of colorful, hand-painted pottery which retains a distinctive look, even to this day.

Please come into the shop to see it for yourself or click on the photo above to learn more about it.

Tomorrow: more from our recent shipments of European art pottery.


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