Other early decors

The first objects with very Dutch images of waterside scenes appear already before 1900, and we find them in a 1904 inventory as “Marines”. The tile is an example of the earliest of these decors, from 1898-1899. Landscapes, cityscapes and interiors, often based on 17th- or 19th-century paintings are known from these earliest years as well, as tile plates and tiles tableaux. They were the predecessors of the so-called Paysages that first appear in the 1909 catalogue. They formed the highest-priced group of decors, and are often painted after old and modern Dutch masters. They can depict landscapes (often with people at work), cityscapes and interior scenes.

For all Marine objects up to c. 1908 see here, for early tiles and tile plates see here.

In 1900 PZH started producing a range of blue and polychrome Delftware, some with a landscape or portrait in a cartouche. The collection has a few examples of this style of decor, by the hand of or designed by Henry Breetvelt.

For more examples see here.

The last section shows some far less common decor types and oddities. The plant pot from around 1907 has a very atypical decor, in the style of much earlier Holland Utrecht pieces. The vase in bright colours is an example of a decor style from 1907/1908. possibly influenced by ‘De Kroon’ decors. The green and metallic jug is the earliest piece. Probably soon after the time of the start of the Gouda decor (1898-1899) a number of existing models were executed with a relief of mainly leaves and flowers laid on top of the surface, The relief part received either a metal or white finish, while the rest of the object was painted with a coloured decor (in Gouda or P decor style). The vase with the large red flower has the monogram of Willem Muller and might have been a free or experimental piece. The brown/red jug with gold decor is a bit of a mystery, only three pieces in this style are known, all there by the same and still anonymous hand. The amphora has a decor called ‘Orientale’, an early version (1908) of the later matte Rhodian decors. The wall plate with the rooster is likely a W. P. Hartgring design, executed by his brother J. A. Hartgring.

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