Going Dutch - Part I


Gouda Dutch Two-Handled Vase with Hand-Painted Green, Aqua, Blue, Orange & Mustard Glazes (LEO Design)


Gouda (pronounced "How-dah") is a Dutch inland city—known for its local cheeses, bisque clay pipes, Stroopwafel and hand-painted ceramics from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras.  Built on marshlands in the Medieval era, Gouda had all the things needed for ceramics production: clay, a heat source for firing (peat), a manner of transport (waterways, then railways), and labor for crafting the objects.  Although some solid-colored pottery was made in Gouda, local potters are best know for the detailed, fanciful, hand-painted designs which ran the gamut from folk art to the sophisticated.  The Golden Age of Gouda pottery was from the 1880's to the 1920's.  Like many Gouda products (including pipes, cheese and Stroopwafel), Gouda pottery soon developed a worldwide demand—and much was shipped throughout Europe and the Americas.

The little vase, shown above, is a sophisticated blend of bold mustards, white and burnt orange, set against a mossy olive green backdrop.  It is date-marked February of 1921.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com)

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248