While Gouda Dutch ceramics can often exhibit beautiful forms—and, indeed, this pitcher does have a graceful silhouette—each piece of pottery distinguishes itself based on the coloration and design of its beautifully hand-painted decoration. And this pitcher's painting is sublime. The unexpected combination of blues, mustard and olive green create a sophisticated palette, the height of understated refinement.
Most Gouda pottery (pronounced "How-da," like the cheese) brandishes a higher-contrast color palette. These color choices create a bolder, more prominent appearance—a louder visual "pop," if you will. Instead, the piece above doesn't demand attention. It sits in its appointed place, waiting for those with superb taste to recognize its quiet sophistication.
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