The decor area of this website is not yet very detailed. The sheer number of different decors, the lack of a PZH classification/numbering of decors in the first ten years (apart from around 1908) and uncertainty about the historic development of the decors make it a daunting task. So this chapter is just a small start, an attempt to classify and rank chronologically all decor families of the first 10 years of production (based on analysis of the object database) and a few still incomplete attempts to form overviews of all known decors for these families. So a mouse click on the decor family might lead you to more examples, but the links are a work in progress. For other overviews (soon):
Decor families 1897-1899
Conventional symmetrical decors
At the start of production in 1897 the decors were pretty much based on what Brantjes, Holland Utrecht and Rozenburg were selling at the time. The mainstay were typical Art Nouveaux symetrical floral designs. Often the paint is thinly applied for a watercolour like effect.
Conventional asymmetrical decors
Asymmetrical design were less common and are mainly found on wall plates. In later years they migrated into the Gouda range.
Early Gouda decors
W G F Jansen (PZH 1898-1899) is widely credited as the designer of the first Gouda decors. These are some examples that can be dated from before 1900. The left example bears already many hallmarks of the later Gouda designs, the one on the right has the colour combination of later Gouda decors but a symmetrical design.
In the first years of production PZH did already produce tile tableaux, most likely painted on bought in tiles. The interior and the portrait were both painted by W G F Jansen based on 17th century Dutch oilpaintings. Single tiles were used for small landscapes and architectural decorations.