Of all the Gouda pieces I've bought, sold and collected over the years, this one may be my all time favorite. The size is impressive. The shape sublime. And the hand-painted Art Nouveau florals are boldly handsome. But it's the color that delights me the most: a sophisticated blend of varied, saturated blues set against an earthy olive green (with small pops of golden embellishment). The color palette is an exercise of sophisticated restraint. It's date-marked 1922, a few years after the Great War, during the waning days of the Art Nouveau movement. In a couple of years, the Art Deco movement will coalesce. (Though the movement will go by a different name for a while, "L'Art Moderne." The term "Art Deco" was assigned in 1968.)
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