Stuart Lonsdale Explains the History and Design of Gouda Pottery

January 15th, 2009

In this interview, Stuart Lonsdale talks about Gouda pottery, focusing especially on the designs and the artists’ markings. Based in England, Stuart can be contacted via his website, Gouda Design, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.

Linote – 1929 From the glass & china shop Stuart's mother worked in during the late 1920's and 1930's.

I think it all started with a small pottery vase my mother obtained from the art pottery shop where she worked in the early 1920s and ‘30s. After she died in 1988, I didn’t initially didn’t take much notice of the vase, but then one day I just happened to look underneath and wondered what all the marks meant. I started trying to research it, but it was very difficult because we didn’t have the Internet then. I came across a book by Phyllis Ritvo, The World of Gouda Pottery, and it started from there. Then we got a computer and started to investigate on the Internet.

We started the website, and since then it’s just snowballed. We started getting e-mails from collectors in Holland who were amazed to find that someone in England was writing about Gouda. We’ve made lots of really good Dutch friends who we go visit two or three times a year. And it all started from this very small vase.

I was attracted to the vase because there were so many different colors on such a small piece. The colors weren’t complimentary and it had a black background. I hadn’t seen anything like that before. I wasn’t interested in pottery; my only interest was the fact that the vase was in the house. It just went from there. It’s difficult to say why.

Collectors Weekly: Can you tell us a bit about the history of Gouda pottery?

Lonsdale: There isn’t a factory called Gouda pottery; the pottery is called that because the main factories were in Gouda. Gouda (pronounced ‘how-da’) is the generic term we use for all the pottery factories in Holland – all Dutch pottery other than Delftware, that is.

The area around Gouda had clay to make pots, which is why most of the factories settled there. A lot of the clay also came from England. The Dutch started producing clay pipes about 1740, and some of the factories that produced clay pipes turned to making pottery because there was demand. They didn’t do it for love; they did it for profit. People wanted pottery for their home.

This style of pottery was pioneered in about 1898 by a company called Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland, or PZH, but they didn’t produce the type of pottery that you see on our website. That wasn’t made until about 1910 when they discovered a new process to produce matte glazed pottery. It was known as the Rhodian process, which is actually the name of one of the most popular decors. It was known as matte glazed pottery.

Collectors Weekly: What characterizes the Gouda pottery that you have showcased on your website?

Lonsdale: The flowery and curvaceous designs. Whereas Holland started with Art Nouveau. Mainly you concentrate on the matte glaze, which for us is the mixture of abstract and floral designs. You can mix the two together and it makes a lot of bright colors. The use of bright colors and the mixture of floral, abstract, and geometric designs all on the same piece is a lot more attractive to us.

Collectors Weekly: Was there a strong differentiation between the Art Nouveau movement and Art Deco in terms of Gouda designs?

Lonsdale: Not necessarily between the periods… the designs, shapes, forms, and patterns blend together. Holland also produced simple abstract designs which are definitely Art Deco, not Art Nouveau. Whichever design you like, that is the most attractive part of it. They produced abstract floral – not just the Art Nouveau floral, but abstract floral, which sounds a bit silly. It wasn’t floral and it wasn’t abstract; it was a mixture of both. Of course, they also produced a lot of geometric designs, which a lot of Art Deco pottery did.

Collectors Weekly: Were there any particularly influential designers or pottery schools?

Carna, Zenith Factory - c.1923 to 1930 Painted by Thomas Johannes Luiten

Lonsdale: I’d have to say just the Amsterdam school. There were quite a lot of designers who worked for other factories and moved to Zuid-Holland when the PZH factories started. A lot of really good designers started working for PZH and carried on the designs from the Art Nouveau period into the Art Deco period. That’s what attracted us to them – the mixture of abstract forms with floral forms, which were highly unusual. No other pottery factory has done that. It’s not just one form; it’s a mixture of all different forms. I think what most people find attractive is the mixture of different bright colors.

Gouda pottery was exported by the millions all over the world. You name a country and it was exported to it; all over England, America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand. Millions of pieces were exported – vases, plates, you name it. They’re not hand-thrown, they’re all molded from liquid clay, but every one is hand-painted. That’s why there were so many different artists that worked for all the different factories.

They’re signed on the bottom, mostly by the person that painted them. It’s not really their signature in full but their initials, because when they were making them, they had to know which particular person made which pot. They were paid by the number of pots they produced, so the initial was used by the factories to determine how many pieces were made.

We collect all sorts, all designers, all painters, all years, from 1900 up to the 1950s and the 1960s. We collect everything.

Collectors Weekly: Was Gouda made in sets?

Lonsdale: Yes, there were some sets. There were lots of tea sets. There were smoking sets. There were drinking sets with trays and cups. There were individual pieces with pairs of vases. You can think of anything and it was made. A lot have survived in sets, but mainly you will find individual pieces, because sets tend to get broken up. One piece tends to get broken. You can still find sets, but most pieces you’ll find were part of a set or produced individually.

Collectors Weekly: Was there a certain period of time when people really started to get interested in collecting Gouda pottery?

Jugendstil, GeWi Factory - circa 1980 Painted by Paul A. Daelmans

Lonsdale: I don’t know when people started collecting Gouda pottery. We have some friends in Holland who’ve been collecting it for many years, a lot longer than we have. If I would guess when people first started collecting, it would be mainly after World War II.

You have to remember, pottery wasn’t made for collecting; it was made to be used. It would have been found in a lot of homes in Holland, and the people who owned it wouldn’t have thought twice about it. For them, it was everyday household pottery that just happened to be bright and colorful. After World War II when the factories started to close is probably when people started to take an interest in it.

I suppose you could say the heyday of Gouda pottery ended in the mid-1930s with the recession, which was all over the world. After that, a lot of the factories, not just Gouda factories but factories all around the world, just simply didn’t recover. During World War II, when the Germans invaded Holland, they took over the Zuid-Holland factory, and the employees were forced to make pottery for the German market. There were still some pieces made, but mainly they were forced to make pottery for the domestic German market.

Collectors Weekly: Are there certain Gouda pottery items that are particularly sought after?

Isolde, Arnhem Factory - c.1925

Lonsdale: We never use the word “rare.” I don’t think there’s such a thing.” Names such as Chris van de Hoef are highly sought after by collectors, and some of their pieces can command very high prices.

Most people start collecting Gouda pottery because they like the look of it. They probably even didn’t know what it was when they started out. Maybe they looked at a piece, thought it was nice, turned it over and saw it said “Gouda” on the underneath.

We get that in e-mails. People say, “We went to an antique shop and we picked up this piece because we liked it. Then we discovered that it was Gouda, and we went on the Internet and typed in the word ‘Gouda,’ and it brought us to your website.” They send us a picture and they want to know more about it. When we tell them information about it, they say “Well, perhaps we should collect some more.” It’s so colorful; it’s so bright. It does stand out.

Like I said, pottery wasn’t made for people to collect; it was made for people to buy. If the Arts and Crafts movement was what people liked, then that’s what the pottery factories would make. It’s the same reason why the pottery factory declined after the war: people’s tastes changed, so the factories had to start making items that people wanted. The trouble was that there were lots of other countries that started making it a lot cheaper.

Collectors Weekly: You have pages from other collectors on your website. How did you start doing that?

Lonsdale: They just contacted us by email and said, “We have a collection. Would you like to put it on the website?” So we did. I think most people collect like we do, which is a varied selection, not necessarily themed. Mostly what I can see on our website are the very varied collections. We have lots of wall plates, lots of vases, lots of figurines. We also have a lot which will never be on the website because it’s a private collection.

Collectors Weekly: Tell us a little bit about the figurines.

Rhodian - 1924

Lonsdale: In Dutch it’s “plastiek,” which means “figurine.” We have quite a lot of figurines in our collection, mainly the plain cream ones or plain white ones. They were not necessarily for use in the home; they were more decorative.

Think of a shape and that’s it; all types of shapes, not necessarily one particular one. Animals are very popular. Shapes of people are very popular. Naked ladies are very popular. Figurines of all sorts are quite collectible, particularly by the designer Chris van de Hoef. His figurines are very collectible, mainly from the 1920s and 1930s.

I think the figurines were all sold individually, although there may have been a theme. We particularly like bears and elephants. We have quite a few in the collection.

Collectors Weekly: What are the best places to look for Gouda pottery?

Lonsdale: Nowadays, you can find it on eBay, but we don’t tend to buy off eBay anymore. We tend to buy mainly from antique shops and antique fairs or on our travels to Holland. Our friends will often buy pieces for us or tell us of pieces available in Holland that we buy when we visit.

There are no Gouda collectors clubs. A lot of our friends in Holland do get together and travel to collectors’ fairs, but they don’t actually sit down and discuss the pottery. Occasionally the museum in Gouda has an appraisal where people can bring in their pieces of Gouda pottery and the collectors give information on them, but they don’t do that on a regular basis.

(All images in this article courtesy Stuart Lonsdale of Gouda Design)

158 comments so far

  1. charles mac phee Says:

    i recently inherited two gouda vases of which i know little about. one of the vases is in the shape of a pitcher. on the bottom of the vase are the numbers 976, below that is the word caprice. below the word caprice is the drawing of a windmill. to the right of the windmill are the numbers 845. to the left is what seems to be two diamond shapes, one above the other divided by a straight line. any info you might have in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Stuart Says:

    Hi Charles. Your vases were made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH).
    The decor name is ‘Caprice’. Date is 1924. If you contact us by the email address on our website and send pictures we can tell you more information. Stuart at Gouda-Design. http://www.goudadesign.co.uk.

  3. Emily Encalarde Says:

    I recently found a vase at a yard sale that had the words, and numbers centered under the bottom, from top to bottom: “1106”, “westland.”,…now this is where it gets a bit tricky; there is a ‘little house’, and on the left of it is, what appears to be either an “F” or some sort of symbol (the ‘F’ has 2 marks on the opposite side than expected; it almost looks like a tiny antenna), with what appears to be a “6” directly beneath it; on the right, there are two letters which appear to be “P.A.”, then “GOUDA” and “HOLLAND”. It is 12in. tall, 8in. wide, approx. 24.5in in dia. at its broadest point, and is in excellent condition. (I have pics available.) I was able to find one other piece on-line, at a site called rubylane.com that was a ‘compote’ in the same “Westland” design. Could you give me any info on the age of this vase? I would appreciate any help that you could provide. Thank You!

  4. Stuart Says:

    Hi Emily. Your vase was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor is a matte glaze called ‘Westland’. From your description the date would appear to be June 1919. The painter ‘PA’ can be one of two people. If you contact us by the email address on our website and send pictures we can tell you more information. Regards. Stuart at Gouda-Design. http://www.goudadesign.co.uk

  5. Cheryl Wright Says:

    I have a small vase, black fluted top and black round the bottom. I think the number on the bottom is 703 or it could be 701, then the name Clara and the surname is not clear. It could be Been, Beon or B–n, then Holland. Any ideas? Cherry

  6. Joyce Hood Says:

    I just aquired an inkwell and on the back it says REVAIA 10’s a crown Daria then W D Gouda Holland, can you tell me about it? Thank you, I live in Massachusetts, USA

  7. Stuart Says:

    Hello Cheryl. The decor name of your vase is ‘Clara’. However, that decor name was used by about three factories. I really need to see a picture of the markings. If you contact us by the email address on our website and send pictures we can tell you more information. Please tell us on your email that your query came from ‘The Collectors Weekly’. Regards. Stuart at Gouda-Design. http://www.goudadesign.co.uk

  8. Stuart Says:

    Hello Joyce. Your inkwell was made in Gouda by the Regina factory. The decor name is probably ‘Darla’. This decor was made from the mid 1920’s until after WW2. So I need to see a picture of the marks to tell you the date. If you contact us by the email address on our website and send pictures we can tell you more information. Please tell us on your email that your query came from ‘The Collectors Weekly’. Regards. Stuart at Gouda-Design. http://www.goudadesign.co.uk

  9. Michael Owens Says:

    I bought a cache pot in a second-hand store last weekend – I liked the look of it. Spent most of the weekend on the net, including your site, trying to discover more about it.
    The mark on the bottom reads: 2810/26, frieda, koninklijk, Gouda, then there’s a crown which I believe dates it to 1957, Royal, little house(PZH), made in holland, R
    A similar cache pot with the name ‘Verinique’ exists.
    I found nothing on the net for frieda.

  10. Stuart Says:

    Hello Michael. Your cachepot was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor is called ‘Frieda’. This decor was produced between 1957 – 1964. The painter (R) was probably Marinus Aart Snelleman. The number 2810/26 is the model shape and size. Several sizes of cachepot were made in model number 2810. The number after the ‘/’ relates to the different sizes. The higher the number, the larger the pot. Koninklijk means ‘Royal’. I trust this information was helpful to you? Regards. Stuart. http://www.goudadesign.co.uk

  11. Marilyn Unsworth Says:

    Do the numbers on my Gouda Holland jar mean anything? They are above what I believe is the design name (Anjer) 1152

  12. Stuart Says:

    Hello Marilyn. There are usually two numbers on Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH) items. One is the model (shape) number and the other just relates to a batch number or retailers code, etc. In your case the 1152 is the model number. This is for a small rounded lidded vase/tobacco jar. The decor name is ‘Anjer’ which is Dutch for ‘Carnation’. Hope that helps. Regards. Stuart. http://www.goudadesign.co.uk

  13. jaap spronk Says:

    Hi Stuart,
    I wouldlike to send you an email for identification of a piece I just bought. But I cannot find your email address. Would you please be so kind to let me know?
    Thanks and Kind regards,
    Jaap

  14. Stuart Says:

    Hello Jaap. Our email address can be found on our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk. Just enter the site and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see it there. Regards. Stuart.

  15. Shirley Stevenson Says:

    We have a bowl/dish with the following marks.

    5079 Kuala Royal “Zuid Holland” Tite Gouda Grateful if you can identify.
    Kind Regards
    Shirley

  16. Stuart Says:

    Hello Shirley. Your bowl was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor name is ‘Kuala’. 5079 is the model (shape) number. The word you say is ‘Tite’ is probably the painters mark (it just looks like the word ‘Tite’) but without actually seeing a picture of the base marks I cannot tell you the painter or the exact date. The date will be sometime in the 1950’s to 1960’s. If you go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and contact us by email you can send pictures. Regards. Stuart.

  17. ralph Says:

    I have a small black flower pattern vase #241 on the bottom with the wb crown it also says regina on it. Can you please tell me more

  18. Stuart Says:

    Hello Ralph. Your vase was made in Gouda by Kunstaardewerkfabriek (Art Pottery Factory) Regina. The number 241 refers to the model/shape. The ‘WB’ is for the founders Want & Barras. Regina made several decors with black backgrounds and floral designs so it will be impossible to tell you the name of the decor and the date without seeing a picture of the marks. If you contact us by email and send pictures we can help. Go to the website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and you will find the email address there. Regards. Stuart.

  19. Lisa Bergantz Says:

    I have a Gouda Vase about 12.5 inches tall and 7 inches diameter with the markings H etched into base
    1814
    RAJU with a house with 2 lines thru it and a sideways 7 with a line.
    Below that, gouda plazuid Holland with a triangle/cross under triangle, all this in olive green writing and 4379 in blue at top to right of 1814.
    At the bottom of all this is what looks like a “T” , two brackets, a 1 and a 4. It is a beautiful vase, floral with black around base and inside lip. I would appreciate any info, thank you.

  20. Stuart Says:

    Hello Lisa. Your vase was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor is called ‘Raju’. From your description the date is circa 1930. The word ‘Plazuid’ is a contraction of ‘Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland’ and was introduced after 1928. The 1814 is the model/shape number. The other number in blue 4379 and the incised marks are just in-house batch, retailers codes, etc. Without seeing the base marks I cannot possibly tell you the painter as there were hundreds! Many had the same initials and it is only by seeing the ‘style’ of their mark one can tell who was who! If you contact us by email and send pictures we can help. Go to the website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and you will find the email address there. Regards. Stuart.

  21. Jarrett Smith Says:

    This is a fascinating interview.
    I do have a question. About 40 years ago, I walked into an antique store and immediately spotted theree small pieces of Gouda (each only about 3-inches tall) so I got all excited. But then discovered that they were marked “Japan” on the bottoms. I still have them. Do you know anything about these look-a-likes? Thanks

  22. Stuart Says:

    Hello Jarrett. Thank you for your question. I can understand you mistaking the Japanese ‘look-a-likes’ for the real thing. At first glance they are very similar. Interestingly the Japanese had a big influence on the early designs of Gouda pottery. Japanese Imari porcelain work and the woodcuts of stylised flowers and bird designs, etc. all these elements were incorporated into the decor and design of Dutch pottery in the late 19th C. and early 20th C. When Dutch pottery was shown at the World Fairs in the 1900 – 1920’s period the Japanese bought many of the items and in one case purchased a complete display! The ‘Gouda style’ of pottery, which we are all familiar with, became so popular that it was inevitable that others would copy it. Here is where the Japanese ‘look-a-likes’ would come in – the 1920’s and 1930’s. If you look on our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and go to the Gouda Copies pages you will see many items of Japanese Gouda ‘look-a-likes’ from people who collect them. Kind regards. Stuart.

  23. Stuart Says:

    Regarding the Japanese ‘look-a-likes’. I forgot to mention that they were not only produced during the 1920’s and 1930’s but continued to be made after WW2. Examples of this would be the copies of some Flora pottery decors. The Flora pottery factory in Gouda was not founded until 1945 and one can see Japanese copies of ‘Rumba’ and other decors. Stuart.

  24. Erin Says:

    Hi, I have 2 beautiful Regina Rood bud vases that I would like to send you a picture & get your opinion on, but I my link to your email address is not working! Would you please type out your email address & I’ll manually enter it? Thank you
    Erin

  25. Stuart Says:

    Hello Erin. I will spell it out so the nasty ‘spam spiders’ don’t get at it. You can work it out! It is – deco (at) goudadesign (dot) co (dot) uk. Regards. Stuart.

  26. Michelle Says:

    Hi, I recently bought a little pink jug in mottled design with pink and gold. It has a very Art Deco look about it. Markings underneath is “Made in Gouda, Holland” and the numbers 533 impressed in it’s base. Can you tell me anything about this jug? Thanks, Michelle

  27. Stuart Says:

    Hello Michelle. Thank you for your question. From your description the jug was probably made by Plateelbakkerij Jumbo. Jumbo was founded in Gouda in 1953 and it closed in 1997. The marbled effect decors with the gold highlights on the handle and rim can be seen mainly in pink or grey-green. Sometimes the marbled effect can look like trees. Often the decor name on small items was omitted from the base marks but one of the pink decors is called ‘Rosette’. The date will be from circa 1955 to 1965. The number 533 is the model/shape. Regards. Stuart.

  28. Michelle Says:

    Thank you very much for your quick response. It is much appreciated. Rgds, Michelle

  29. Jane Carroll Says:

    I inherited my gouda vase from my mother whom I assume received it as a gift in the early 1930s. I have pictures that I will send to the email address mentioned above, but for now I am most curious about the markings: At the top is the number 800. Under that, the word Collien, and on the third line, left to right, are two stacked triangles that look like the number 8, a drawing I cannot decipher, and on the far left a design that looks like the infinity symbol with an upside-down T attached at the bottom. On the last two lines are the words Gouda and Holland. Furthermore, impressed into the clay is the number 800 and a design that looks like a straight line followed by an oval. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you.

  30. Stuart Says:

    Hello Jane. Thanks for asking a question. I can tell you that your vase was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor name will be ‘Collier’ – sometimes it is not easy to read the letters. The ‘two stacked triangles’ is the date code for 1923. The ‘infinity symbol with an upside-down T’ will be the painters mark. This I cannot tell you until I see the base picture – there are so many. 800 is the model/shape number which you can also see inscribed into the base. The drawing you can’t decipher is the logo of PZH. Commonly known as ‘the little house’ it is in fact a representation of an old leper house which once stood in the town of Gouda. No one knows why this mark was chosen when PZH was founded in 1898. I will (hopefully as some are not identified) tell you the painter when I see the pictures. Regards. Stuart.

  31. Stuart Says:

    Hello Jane. I made a keyboard error. The ‘two stacked triangles’ is 1928 not 1923. Stuart.

  32. joanna bayles Says:

    Dear Stuart, I have been left a plate, Matte black with deep wine, metallic gold and turquoise daube and line pattern around the edge, in the middle is a glossy painting in sanguine and white. It is of a windmill scene. Underneath are marks. a long stemmed cross, what appears to be a house with a door or window blocked in and small “st” beside it. Could you possible be able to tell me anything about it? I believe it came over to Canada with my family from Wales when we moved here in 1953, so it possible may be alot older. Of course underneath is marked into the clay this: BIAREBA GOUDA HOLLAND 2965/22. Please give me anything you can as it has lived with me all my life. Price, value, maker anything you can. Thanking you in advance. Joanna Bayles.

  33. Stuart Says:

    Hello Joanna. Thanks for asking a question. From your description the plate would have been made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The number 2965/22 is the model number. However, to tell you the rest of the information, painter, date, decor name, etc. I will need to see a picture of the plate and base marks. There is no painter with initials ‘st’ and I have not seen a name of ‘BIAREBA’. Very often it is difficult to work out what the actual wording and letters are on base marks. Sometimes they may not be what you think they are! My ‘expert eye’ should be able to decipher them! Please ensure the pictures are very high quality and not cropped. Send them to deco at goudadesign dot co dot uk. Or look at our website and click on the email link. We are at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk. Regards. Stuart.

  34. joanna bayles Says:

    Dear Stuart. Many thanks for replying to my question. I shall get on to it as soon as possible so I may unravel the mystery of my plate. Also, I think I may have another piece. One of the black, color designs with a brass frog for holding flowers, who knew? As soon as I opened up your website, there it was! I shall endeavor to send both photos so I can find out what it is exactly I have. Surprises. Regards, Joanna.

  35. Michael Tennenbaum Says:

    Dear Stuart – Thank you for this wonderful interview. I came across it while trying to research a cup and saucer set that I have had for many years. It is clearly a souvenir item made for the Holland America Line, with the Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland marks, but no numbers. The porcelain is very thin and delicate, with a hand-painted green, yellow and red design and the words “COMPLs OF THE HOLLAND AMERICA LINE” along the borders of both the cup and saucer. Were these perhaps sold on board the ships? Would you have any idea of when they were made? I was born in Holland and once traveled on these ships to visit family (long, long ago), so I was fascinated by this set when I found it at a flea market. Any interesting story here?
    Thanks,
    Michael

  36. Stuart Says:

    Hello Michael. Thanks for your question and kind words about the article. Most Dutch potteries such as PZH (Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland), Ivora, Tegelfabriek ‘Holland’, Goedewaagen, Regina and Zenith, etc., produced huge quantities of ceramic wares for companies to use as promotional and advertising gifts. They included serviceware (cups, saucers, plates), models, ash trays, liquer bottles, miniature Dutch houses and many other items. They were often just ‘give-aways’ or sold on board the cruise ships, etc. Companies such as the Holland America Line, KLM and Bols were the most common Dutch customers. It was a great way of advertising for the Dutch pottery factories as people could see who made the gifts. Some items were produced as early as 1905 by the ‘Tegelfabriek Holland’ factory in Utrecht for the Holland America Line. Royal Goedewaagen still has many corporate clients including restaurants in Holland and other countries. Items such as yours are often seen, particularly at antiques markets and fairs in Gouda and Delft. From your description (the word ‘compliments’) it would seem the cup & saucer were probably ‘give-aways’. I cannot tell you the date of your PZH cup and saucer without seeing the pieces. Most PZH corporate items were from just before and after WW2 into the 1950’s. If you go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and contact us using the email link you can send pictures and I will them be able to tell you more. Regards. Stuart.

  37. helen Says:

    My husband inherited a 12″ by approximately 6 ” lantern that holds a candle inside. It has a flower pattern. The bottom markings are Damascus 111 Gouda Holland. It also has a marking on it that looks like a little house and what I think also is D 4/3. Can you tell us anything about this piece? We really love the piece.
    Thanks for any help, Helen

  38. Stuart Says:

    Hello Helen. Thank you for asking a question. The candleholder lantern was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland. The decor is a matte glaze called ‘Damascus 111′. Decor ‘Damascus 111′ was first introducd after 1910 and ran until circa 1923. There was also ‘Damascus’ and ‘New Damascus’ all very similar in pattern. From your description of the size, the ‘D4/3′ will actually be ‘1043’ which is the model number for a lantern of that size. They were made in four different sizes with ‘1043’ being the biggest! For the date and painter I need to see a picture. You can send pictures by going onto our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and find the link for the contact email address. Regards. Stuart.

  39. Phyllis Ritvo Says:

    Hi Stuart,
    You’re wonderful to take the time to answer all these (and many more) questions about Gouda pottery. I’m still at it; buying for myself and for a small antique shop in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts. I’ve turned a lot of people locally onto Gouda which, of course, ups the ante on the prices. Gene died in 2009 and so I don’t do much traveling any more. When I finally figure out how to photo and put in the computer some of my pieces, I’ll send them off to you.
    Regards to Kim as well as you. And my best for a happy and healthy new year.
    Phyllis

  40. Stuart Says:

    We have replied to Phyllis personally.
    Stuart & Kim.

  41. Ellen Says:

    Hello Stuart and Kim,
    I have a vase that i inherited from my grandmother.
    The marks on the bottom of the vase .. A over Pico or Pild.
    There is a tree with a line across the trunk, a house with a line across the bottom. The initials are either NW or MW.
    The number 972 Possibly the word plateeld?
    HOLLAND underneath it all.

    It has a Black under base with twin flowers. The inside of the vase is black with a blue green and gold ring around the top. Any information would be appreciated.

  42. Stuart Says:

    Hello Ellen. Thanks for your question. The word is ‘Pico’. This is the name of a matte glaze floral decor (just as you describe) that was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). From your description the date of your vase will be circa 1921. There may (sometimes it was omitted) be a number under the ‘tree’ and this will be the month it was made. For instance the number ‘1’ is January and so on. The NW or MW you mention is the painters mark. Without seeing a picture of the actual painters mark I cannot tell you exactly who this was – there were quite a few it could be! The number 972 is the model/shape number. The word is ‘Plateel’ which is basically ‘Pottery’. If you can send pictures of the backstamp then maybe I can tell you the painters name. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and you will find how to contact us. Regards. Stuart.

  43. Dick Olree Says:

    I have three Gouda chargers #5110/25 on all three, Unica name with three houses but different shapes, K.P.Z on two and Kon.Pla Zuid on the third, Gouda Holland. Can you tell me any thing about these chargers. They were given to us by relatives in the Netherlands. And where we may be able to get a value for them for insurance purposes.

    Thank you

    Dick Olree

  44. Stuart Says:

    Hello Dick. Thank you for asking a question. Your chargers were made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The ‘K.P.Z.’ and ‘Kon. Plazuid’ are contractions of Koninklijke Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland. Koninklijke means Royal. The word Unica, sometimes seen as Unicum or Unique, is for unique ‘one off’ decors. First produced in the late 1920’s they continued production right into the 1950’s. Some of the decors look very similar with just minor differences so they can then be called Unique. The 5110/25 is just the model number. Until I see the actual style of decor and backstamp then obviously I cannot give you a date or the name of a painter due to the large date range of production, etc. Many of the Unique decors did not have a painters mark as the decor was spray glazed. If you go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk you can find out how to contact us and send pictures. Regards. Stuart.

  45. harry stringer Says:

    hello i have a pair of gouda vases which were my mothers and i remember in the 1930’s i am that old! they are marked on the bottom rhodeen 178 and also gouda 2609 i would like any information on their history.regards harry

  46. Stuart Says:

    Hello Harry. Thanks for your question. The name on your vases will be ‘Rhodian’. This was the name of a decor made by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). It was one of the very first matte glaze decors. It was produced from 1910 until circa 1927. The number 178 is the model/shape number. The number 2609 just refers to the customer or a batch code, etc. Obviously without seeing a picture of the backstamp I cannot tell you the exact date nor the name of the painter. If you go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk you can find out how to contact us and send pictures. I can then tell you the rest of the information about your vases. Regards. Stuart.

  47. Mike jeacock Says:

    Hi just looking to sort out old stuff to sell at a car boot sale and found this old vase in office. It has two handles either side of neck, unfortunately one broken off but still have pieces. It is white withblue green and mustard coloured scrolly patterns. On base there is a cockeral with Arnhem underneath with the number 175 and the initials AN.
    Is this worth anything please?
    regards
    Mike

  48. harry stringer Says:

    thankyou Stuart for you most helpful and interesting information.I will try to send pictures of the bases and vases if I can overcome my natural inability to complete this computer function.
    kind regards Harry

  49. Stuart Says:

    Hello Mike. Thanks for your question. The vase would have been made in Arnhem by Arnhemsche Fayencefabriek (Arnhem Fayence Factory). The factory logo is the cockerel which is also the symbol of the town of Arnhem. The initials ‘AN’ are for the painter which is probably for Albert Nijland. The number 175 is the model/shape number. Date is circa mid to late 1920’s. As for the decor name I can think of at least 20 Arnhem ones that have “blue green and mustard coloured scrolly patterns”! The base marks of your vase don’t have the decor name on? Without a picture it is impossible to tell you the exact one. I am sorry but we don’t give values of any kind. If you want to know the name of the decor you will have to send pictures. See our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk for how to contact us. Regards. Stuart.

  50. Mike Says:

    Hi Stuart,thanks for your reply it is very interesting. i have emailed several pictures over to you for the decor name.
    Thanks once again you are very knowledgeable.

  51. beverly Says:

    Hi Stuart, I have a compote or footed bowl 2.5″ high by7.5″ round. It is a matte glaze blotchy orange and brown with 6 (1″ round)shiny glazed white dots around inside edge and 6(2″long) shiny glazed black lines starting 1″ from edge pointing toward center. It looks like enameling.
    On the bottom is a round circle. Inside and around the circle is nv. kon. plazuid gouda. in the center is a pointed roof house.All this is in black lettering. Scribed into the base is 297 and a triangle with a.75″ straight line on one side. starting at the top of this line is a.50″ angled line meeting a .25″ line curved in and meeting at the base of the straight line. Any ideas? thanks for what ever you can tell me.

  52. Stuart Says:

    Beverly. Please send pictures of your Gouda compote and base marks, just as Harry and Mike above have done! Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk for how to contact us. Ensure the pictures are high quality. Regards. Stuart.

  53. Stuart Fitzgerald Says:

    Hello Stuart,
    I purchased a beautiful large 11″ tall Gouda vase at auction today. It is an orange, blue and tan design against a dark green background. The markings are handwritten in blue (in a row) starting with 05, Alijs, the house, Holland, HH. There is a stamped number 02 and also a 05. I tried to find the artist Alijs on the web but was unsuccessful. Any help on this one would be appreciated. Best Regards, Stuart Fitzgerald

  54. Stuart Says:

    Hello Stuart. Thanks for your question. Your vase would have been made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor name is probably ‘Ali’. I don’t know of a decor called ‘Alijs’. Decor ‘Ali’ was produced for many years, from circa 1917 to circa 1926. The painter could be the ‘js’ (after Ali) or it could be ‘HH’. There are two painters with initials ‘HH’ and many with the initial ‘JS’! The numbers 05 and 02 are not model numbers used by PZH either. I really do need to see a picture of the marks to tell you the painter, exact date and confirm the decor name. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk to see how to contact us. Regards. Stuart.

  55. Chris Phillips Says:

    I have an inkwell I inherited from my Aunt in 1985. It is a 6 sided object (hexagon), and the design is abstact/matte finish with primarily deep blues, yellows, white, green colors. It is appx. 4.5″ wide X 3.5″ tall. Markings are 284; Damascus; the house symbol; Gouda Holland; mv.
    I would love to know approximate age of this Gouda if possible. Thank you very much!

  56. Leslie Jackson Says:

    Hello Stuart-I recently bought a vase that I am very curious to know the history of-It reads: with the top # 4177 the next line is TO and the infinity symbol-the next line is one arrow pointing up with an N next to it the house symbol with the # 164-next line reads-plazuid next live-gouda next line Holland . The #164 is scratched into the clay. There is a chip at the base-where someone painted it black(!) and a fix on the lip of the vase-does this make them worthless?.Thank you so much for your time.
    Leslie

  57. Stuart Says:

    Hello Chris. Thanks for the question on your inkwell. It was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor name is ‘Damascus’. From the description date will be circa 1915 – maybe a couple of years before or after. Probably painted by Martinus Vuijk. The number 284 is the model/shape number. This inkwell should have a lid and small inner glass liner. If not then they are missing! Hope that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  58. Stuart Says:

    Hello Leslie. Thanks for your question. Your vase was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor name is actually ‘TO’ (not very inspiring) usually followed by a number. Namely 25, 29, 39 or 43. For example ‘TO25′. Check to see if the ‘infinity symbol’ is in fact a number. Date will be 1929. The word ‘Plazuid’ is a contraction of ‘Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland’ and was introduced after 1928. The painter is most likely Wouter Anthonie Nonner – the ‘N’. Model/shape number is the 164. The number 4177 is just an in-house code. Marks and chips don’t make items worthless they just make then less desirable and of less value. Hope that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  59. Stuart Says:

    To all. I would be grateful if when placing a question you would indicate if the item you are asking about is to be put on eBay. On our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk it does clearly ask this when contacting us. The information given above about the ‘Damascus’ inkwell is now on eBay. Please remember unlike you successfully selling on eBay, we do not make a single penny out of our website! Stuart.

  60. Chris Phillips Says:

    I want to thank you so much for your help Stuart. I will be making a donation to your site within the next 7-10 days. I wish you the best and, once again, thank you. Since I am not a Gouda collector I did not realize until just recently that this Collector’s Weekly site was tied in with your incredible Gouda Design site. The best to you always. Sincerely, Chris

  61. Melody Says:

    I found a large vase shape pipe with a hose attached for smoking, the bottome says royal goedewhagen gouda made in holland hand painted. It shows what looks like arabic men sitting around a fire and smoking out of the pipes, with desert setting camels etc. I have been all over the web and havent seen anything like it. I did see where Royal goedewhagen gouda started out making clay pipes, but these are your stardard looking pipes, is there any information you can provide on this. Thank you Melody

  62. Stuart Says:

    Hello Melody. Thanks for your question. You have a hookah pipe, also known as a sheesha, hubble-bubble or water pipe. The name depends on the country. It was made in Gouda by Koninklijke (Royal) Goedewaagen. Date is circa 1958 to 1960. Designed by Anthoni van Gool. Often transfer printed decors with hand painted touches. To be complete it should have a ceramic top (with a cork attached) for the tobacco or herbal molasses and a braided cotton pipe. The decor can also be seen in a blue and white Delft pattern. Hope that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  63. eric buckland Says:

    I have just bought my first piece of Gouda at auction in the shape of a pedestal bowl. It is marked:
    6y
    Westland
    Gouda
    T.V
    It has the gouda house mark and the number 1667 and a date mark consisting of a an x with 4 dots one in each of the corner spaces created by the cross.It is finished in a matt glaze.
    I think it is from 1927.My question is, would this bowl have only been made in 1927 or would the pattern have been repeated in other years?
    I would really appreciate your view.Many thanks.
    Eric

  64. Stuart Says:

    Hello Eric. Thanks for your question. Decor ‘Westland’ made by PZH was produced from 1924 to 1929. These were mass produced items and were exported all over the world. From your description the date is indeed 1927 and it was probably painted by Geertruida Verburg. Hope that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  65. Katie McGrath Says:

    I have inherited a Gouda vase from my grandmother who was born in Gronigen, Holland and immigrated to the U.S. The bottom has the following information: Zenith, the initials “TL”, the number 176, Gouda, Carna.
    Then there is “15/6″ and also “13/and a symbol or number I cannot discern. It is styled like a wide bottom pitcher with a single handle. Can you provide any information about it?

    Thanks very much.

  66. Stuart Says:

    Hello Katie. Thanks for your question. If you scroll up this page you will see a picture of a Zenith (Plateel- en Pijpenfabrieken Zenith) vase from our collection in decor ‘Carna’ and also by the same painter as your pitcher! Your pitcher was made in Gouda and the date will be circa 1923 to 1930. Painted by Thomas Johannes Luiten – the ‘TL’. The number 176 is the model/shape number. Other numbers are just batch codes, etc. Does that help you? Regards. Stuart.

  67. Dawn Nelson Says:

    My husband and I recently inherited two Gouda pottery vases, one fairly small and the other larger. It has been very interesting to read the history of this pottery and to look at the diversity of the designs on your website. I may have overlooked it somehow but haven’t been able to match the exact symbols on the bottom of the vases we have to anything on your site. May I send photographs so that you might give me more information? Thankyou!

  68. Stuart Says:

    Please note. Due to family and work commitments I am unable to answer any questions until mid September. Thanks. Stuart.

  69. J.J. Durham Says:

    I have a small vase with the following markings: Regina over a black crown with Boston on the right side of the crown and the number 2/1 on the left side. The W.B. Gouda name with Holland under it. The is also two small green dots and an unidentifiable mark. It has two black handles, black around the bottom and top with multiple colors on the design and is approximately 8 inches tall. It is in perfect condition so I wonder if it may be a copy.

  70. Tiffany Says:

    Hello! I’ve recently inherited a Gouda vase that has on the bottom what looks like (a the very top)
    1017 (the 0 has a \ through it) then the words
    Madelenin.
    w (then what looks like a little house and then after the house a triangle with a stem)
    Plazuid
    Gouda Holland
    4220 (then a large O circle next to the 4220)

    I’ve searched the web up and down for one similar to this vase with similar markings or numbers but I can’t find anything. Do you know what it might be?

  71. marcia Says:

    Hi,
    we’ve recently inherited a full set of Gouda teacups and plates. They are all very plain and conical shaped and are a brownish orange on the outside and white on the inside. The mark on the bottom looks stamped and says Made in Holland, WB with a crown on the w, and regina. Anything you could tell me about the set?
    thank you!

  72. Stuart Says:

    Hello J.J. Durham. Your vase was made in Gouda by Kunstaardewerkfabriek Regina – or simply the Regina factory. Decor is called ‘Boston’. Date is between 1925 and 1935. Decor ‘Boston’ is identical to decor ‘Darla’. It was re-named for export to the USA. Painter (the two dots) is unknown. The ‘WB’ is for the founders of Regina – ‘Want & Barras’. The number(s) are the model numbers. Hope that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  73. Stuart Says:

    Hello Tiffany. Your vase was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). Decor is called ‘Madelin’. From your description the date will be circa 1929. The painter is the ‘W’. There were at least three painters in that period using ‘W’. Without seeing the style of their mark I cannot tell you which it will be. The top number 1017 is the model/shape number. The other number is just an in-house batch code, etc. Hope that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  74. Stuart Says:

    Hello Marcia. Your teacups and plates were made in Gouda by the Regina factory. They made several similar in style and with many different colours in the 1950’s and 1960’s. To be certain of the decor name and date I would need to see pictures. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and you will find how to contact us. Ensure the pictures are good quality. Regards. Stuart.

  75. Leena Says:

    I have 4 items. A medium low bowl 1866 Sana, has the house (round top) AT – small single flower vase, Candia 344 house again – small jug 138 Massa house again with diamond shape GV – and finally a medium jub 1401 Westland house with tree MY.
    I suspect the Massa jug was made in 1922, would this be right? Also can you advise when the other items were made.
    many thanks

  76. Stuart Says:

    Hello Leena. Thanks for your question. All items were made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland. Decor ‘Sana’ was possibly painted by Anthonie Thesingh. If there is no date code (you don’t say?) then it is circa 1917. The number 1866 is the model. Decor ‘Candia’ – you don’t mention any marks? If it has no marks then it could be any date from circa 1910 until circa 1917. No painters mark? The number 344 is the model. Decor ‘Massa’ was possibly painted by Gerrit Nicolaas Veerman. If the mark is a diamond shape then it is 1922. Number 138 is the model. Decor ‘Westland’ – there is no painter with the initials ‘MY’. It is either not ‘MY’ but possibly ‘MV’ or ‘MJ’ or it is an unknown painter – not unusual at all. I really need to see the marks. A ‘tree’ mark is the date code. However, you don’t say how many ‘branches’ are on the tree! It could be from 1918 to 1921. I really do need to see pictures of these items. You can appreciate that from your basic descriptions one cannot be certain. Marks may appear to be one thing to you but in reality they actually mean another. The ‘style’ and ‘shape’ of marks is very important. From a description alone it is impossible to be sure. Please go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and follow the link to email us and send pictures. I trust this was of use? Regards. Stuart.

  77. Judy Says:

    My mother recently passed away and I found an ashtray with the number 3432 ZWARO Gouda Holland on the bottom. It is black with red dots. Any idea how old it is?

  78. Stuart Says:

    Hello Judy. Thanks for your question. The ashtray was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The 3432 is the model/shape number. Decor ‘Zwaro’ was produced between 1946 and 1954. Somewhere on the base will be a date code. If you go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and follow the links to ‘Marks’ you should be able to find the date that matches your date code! If not then please send pictures via our website. Hope that helps. Regards. Stuart.

  79. Teresa Blevans Says:

    What a great discovery!! I found a pretty little vase, or maybe it’s an ewer(?) It’s kind of a turquoise/green and gold swirl pattern. It has gold on the handle and around the rim as well. It’s beautiful! On the bottom it has the number 2610, JUMBO-GOUDA made in Holland handpainted. Can you tell me something about it and—-when I look closely at the designs—I see elephants. Am a a crazy woman?? Please, please shed some light on this for me!! Thanks soo much. And you are wonderful to take time to answer questions! Thanks.

  80. Stuart Says:

    Hello Teresa. Thanks for the question and kind words. Your jug or ewer was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Jumbo. Founded 1953 to 1997. The early factory logo was an elephant, then later a stylised elephant head. The date of your jug is circa 1955 to 1965. The model number is the 2610. You are not going mad – the grey green ‘marbled’ decor with the coppery hues can often look like trees or even elephants – it’s up to you! Hope that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  81. Teresa Blevans Says:

    Thank you so much for getting back to me!! The info was very helpful. AND mostly – I thank you for confirming my “sanity”. So—-I am seeing elephants after all — YAY! thanks again.

  82. Ron Rienstra Says:

    Stuart i have recently recieved three gouda pieces from a dutch christian school auction and was wondering if you could describe them for me. first item large dutch gouda bowl 12.5 tall circa 1927 on the backside it says 1849 daisy 8 z holland and some other markings, the other items are two 4 handled candlesticks 8.5 tall circa 1928 and the markings are daisy 957 gouda holland with some markings also. any info would greatly be appreciated. Regards Ron R.

  83. Stuart Says:

    Hello Ron. Thanks for your question. The vase and candlesticks were all made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor name is ‘Daisy’. This was a decor with daisy like flowers, white petals and yellow centre, with a combination of blue and orange ‘deco style’ background. It was produced from circa 1923 to 1932. As for the date of your items I assume you have seen the marks page on our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk. You should be able to work them out from that. The numbers 1849 and 957 are the model numbers. Obviously it is impossible to tell you who the painters were from your description! If you need to know that I need to see good quality pictures. Follow the links on our website to contact us. I trust that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  84. Carolyn Kimberlin Says:

    Hello Stuart, I have a wall pocket. The marks on back (from what I’ve read) first the 2911 must be a model number. It’s the LOMBO then Royal then Zuid- Holland , either side of the little house is maybe HC and 5661 or 1661 Then Gouda on the last line. The soft matte glaze and orange and blue flowers are very detailed. Would like to know year made and who painted it if possible, Thanks

  85. Stuart Says:

    Hello Carolyn. Thanks for your question. Decor ‘Lombo’ was produced by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH) from 1933 until circa 1957. There is no known (there are many still unknown) PZH painter with the initials ‘HC’. Markings are sometimes difficult to decipher and are often not what one thinks they are! I really do have to see a picture to give you a possible date and a possible painters name. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and follow the links to contact us. Then send us pictures. Regards. Stuart.

  86. Wendy Deakins Says:

    Stuart and Kim..I am so sorry to bother you and hope I am doing this correctly. I have a wonderful little lamp that was my Grandmothers. It sat on her desk for as long as I can remember…We had a realtive that was an Ambassador for the US who was in Holland or Finland and I wonder if this was a gift from him and if it is a Gouda. Anyway I digress…the colors are not as bright as some of the Gouda items shown but the design is similar..the colors are Gray, Cream, Orange and Green..the marks on the bottom are MADE IN HOLLAND roughly hand painted in the same green that is used in the piece..a carved “K” (rough) the numbers (looks like) 31 and the letter A (all the same green). This info is around the bottom rim. It would just be nice for me to know what it is. I sell small things on eBay but would never consider selling Grandmas lamp and would never infringe on what you are about. I wanted to send you an email but as you can see I have comcast. If you feel it would help I could get a friend that has an acceptable email server to send photos for me. Thank you for what you do and thank you in advance for your time. Sincerely and Respectfully, Wendy

  87. Stuart Says:

    Hello Wendy. Thanks for your query. Please send pictures to me via our website of the lamp using another email address. I tried to reply using yours but it was returned! Ensure the email subject includes the word ‘Gouda’. Make sure the pictures are clear and good quality. Don’t put the other email address on here. Regards. Stuart.

  88. Wendy Deakins Says:

    Thank you Stuart…I will try and send the photos from another email address. Sincerely, Wendy

  89. Wendy Deakins Says:

    Hi Stuart..Wendy again..I tried sending photos using an email account that was not on your list and it came back as undeliverable. I have posted some of the photos on “Show and Tell” in Collectors Weekely “Wenderella’s Collection” in hopes that someone can help..thank you again for taking the time to try and help me. Sincerely, Wendy

  90. Stuart Says:

    Wendy contacted me and her question was answered. Stuart.

  91. Thomas Male Says:

    Hello. I recently bought a piggy bank from a car boot sale but cannot find any reference to it on the internet. It is made by Royal Goedewaagen in Holland but the only piggy bank I can find made by them is a different style to mine. The one I have is quite long and thin with only three legs. There is a picture of a man on the side with a green jacket and cap smoking a pipe and pushing what appears to be some sort of musical cart. I hope someone can tell me a little about this as I am very fond of it and would love to have some more information. Thankyou.

  92. Stuart Says:

    The question from Thomas has been resolved.

  93. james miller Says:

    Hello, I just acquired a bowl and two short candelsticks with matching patterns. One of the candelsticks was droped at some time and reglued. Otherwise the other pieces are perfect.
    The pattern name above the mark is ( YARIVOC ). It has the mark for 1929.
    The initials to the right of the house is J A . It then has plazuid Holland.
    The bowl has a gold paper label with the potter and a tax stamp or postage stamp across the mark. (partial).
    I was wondering if you ever heard of this pattern or painter?
    Thanks.

  94. Stuart Says:

    Hello James. Thanks for your question. Please send pictures of the backstamps via our website. There are at least six painters with the ‘JA’ initial. Ensure they are high quality pictures. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and follow links to ‘Contact Us’. Please note it is a requirement of our website you inform us if you are an eBay seller, antiques dealer, etc. Stuart.

  95. C. Meyerhoff Says:

    Inherited small black eared vase with bottom marking: Regina, a crown,
    Flevo, WB, Hand Painted, Gouda.Holland. There is a large gold dot beneath the ‘A’ in Holland; and below the “HOL” in Holland is the number 241 all in gold. It has 5 petaled white flowers with blue centers; all flowers outlined in gold; and stemlike gold lines connecting the flowers; gold around the mouth and the base; and small gold lines on each side of the handles; a larger gold line down the center of the handles, tapered from both top and bottom.
    Is this a collectible item? C.

  96. Mel Says:

    Hello,
    My brother was moving and going to get rid of this strange piece so I rescued it! I believe it’s Gouda. It is a cylindrical candle holder that from one side looks like a beer stein, complete with handle. The pattern is of a blue flower or shell motif with accents of yellow, sepia and brown and almost like a flesh colour background. It stands almost 8″ at its highest and is almost 5″ across the bottom. The bottom is signed and it looks like ti say “VEKONIE” and under that “HOWON”?
    Under that it says 1505 a little house drawing with and “x” on the left of it and then the initials either, “WS” or “INS”. Under that it says “Made in Holland”.

    I am curious about how old this piece amy be and its worth. Is it a collectible?
    Any information you could provide would be helpful!
    Thanks! Mel

  97. Stuart Says:

    Hello C. Meyerhoff – Question 95 . Thanks for your question. The vase was made in Gouda by Kunstaardewerkfabriek Regina. Decor is called ‘Flevo’. Date is from circa 1950 to circa 1970. Regina did not use date codes so impossible to date exactly. The ‘WB’ is for the founders of Regina ‘Want & Barras’. The 241 is the model number. This is a commonly seen decor and was mass produced for some 20 years! Regards. Stuart.

  98. Stuart Says:

    Mel – Question 96 – contacted us via our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and the question was answered.

  99. Christine Says:

    Hello – I am just back from a trip to Amsterdam and I bought a small vase (ab0ut 7 or 8 inches high) with red, blue and yellow flowers at an antique shop there. It has “Quo-Vadis Gouda Dido 351″ written on the bottom. Had never hear of Gouda pottery before but liked the vase. I did a bit of research on the markings online, but there is next to nothing that I could find. Can you tell me whether the markings are the factory name, artist name or model name so I can try to tailor my online search? I’m curious as to whether the vase is real and when it was made, but not having much luck. Thank you very much.

  100. Stuart Says:

    Hello Christine. Thanks for your question Go to this page on our website – http://www.goudadesign.co.uk/quovadis.html.
    You will see information about your vase. The decor of your vase is called ‘Dido’ and the 351 is the model number. Hope that helps? Regards. Stuart.

  101. Christine Says:

    Stuart – Thank you very much for your help. My vase also has the mottled background as does the one on your website. I thought it was paint deterioration or damage, but I think now it was intended. Thank you!

  102. sue Says:

    hi i have a pair of ruba gouda small vases it has a diamond shape on the left and MC innitials to the right, it also has a number at the top witch is 789 thanks .

  103. Stuart Says:

    Hello Sue. Thanks for your question. I need to see a picture of the vases and backstamps. The diamond mark was used more than once by PZH so I cannot tell you the exact date nor the name of the painter (if known). If you go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk you can find out how to contact us and send pictures. I can then tell you more about your vases. Please ensure the pictures are high quality. Regards. Stuart.

  104. sue Says:

    ok thanks stuart i will do . thanks

  105. christine harvey Says:

    I have just found in an old box of china belonging to me Mother a plant pot and 2 very small vases labelled FLORA PLATEEL GOUDA red rose pattern 1041 and 2 vases in similar matt finish similarly labelled this time ”irene” .I expect they are of no value?? Would like to know if possible please.Many thanks.

  106. Stuart Says:

    Hello Christine.

    Thanks for your question. The items you mention were made in Gouda by Plateelfabriek Flora. Decor ‘Red Rose’ was produced between 1960 and 1967. It is a tranfer print. Decor ‘Irene’ was in two decors, ‘Irene 1′ and ‘Irene 2′. If the decor has large blue and yellow/ochre (ish) flowers with brown leaves it is ‘Irene 1′ and handpainted. Produced between 1963 and 1967. If small white flowers with blue/grey (ish) leaves then it is ‘Irene 2′ and a transfer print. Produced between 1964 and 1967. The number 1041 is the model number. Neither are highly sought after decors and as you suspected of little value. Hope that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  107. Wendy van Loon Says:

    Hello,

    I saw a small vase (5 inches high) at a thrift store and I am considering to buy it. On the bottem is written, Kongo, 562, Gouda, Holland and has two markings of a symbol on the bottem. Also, there is a Pand another letter. I cannot find anything with Kongo on the bottem. Can you please give me more information.
    Thanks,
    Wendy

  108. Stuart Says:

    Hello Wendy. Thanks for you question. The number 562 is a model number used by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). I can find no reference to a decor called ‘Kongo’ made by PZH. However, there are many, many hundreds of decors and sometimes the actual word of the decor is difficult to identify as they were often done in a hurry. Why not buy the item if the price is right for you? Then send pictures to me via our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk. I can then tell you much more about it. Regards. Stuart.

  109. samuel burrell Says:

    Hi Stuart i have two pieces of gouda here i am not knowledgable with Gouda as such i just wondered if you could fill me in. The first piece is a minature jug numbered 4169 and shoes ‘G.E.D Royal IC it has a little picture with a vertical line down the left with a small horizontal line across it at the top and a sall ‘v’ across it at the bottom and then underneath says Zuid Holland Gouda. And the other piece is an ashtray numbered 1802 or 1602 i think? then shows ‘ FLORA GOUDA HOLLAND ASTER \ / then this kind of seperated v at the bottom but much much much smaller than i can show you usin the keyboard. I would be so grateful if you could find out the year of them both, Value, and the pattern style for the minature Jug, Kind regards Samuel.

  110. Stuart Says:

    Question 109. Responded via Gouda-Design website.

  111. Margaret Hogarth Says:

    I have 2 pieces of Gouda which were left to me by my grandparents and would like to know more about them. They are similar colours, but different patterns.
    The first is a tall vased (25 cm) with two handles. On the bottom there is the number 178 and the words ANJER KONINKL GOEDEWAAGEN GOUDA.
    The second piece is a small octagonal plant pot (1o.5 cm tall and 10 cm diameter).
    On the base is 9-6 (carved into the pottery) and a Monogram which could be HP then the word OLEH OR OLEA followed by ARNHEM and HOLLAND.

    I have always loved both pieces and would be grateful for any information you can provide.

    Thank you

    Margaret

  112. greg Says:

    i have what i thought was a tea cup but it could be a small bowl. flowery with a kind of mustard trim around the top. reads: 2810/6 or 8 — wally –ct little house then letters that appear to be ts (maybe) — royal zuid-holland gouda — can you tell me something about my piece. thanks much in advance

    greg

  113. Stuart Says:

    Hello Margaret. Thanks for your question. The vase in decor ‘Anjer’ (Carnation) was made in Gouda by Koninklijke (Royal ) Goedewaagen. Date is mid to late 1920’s. The number 178 is the model/shape number.
    The other item was made in Arnhem by ESKAF (Eerste Steenwijker Kunst-Aardewerk Fabriek). The word you see is ‘OLA’ which stands for ‘Cooperative Order voor Levenden Arbeid’ or ‘Order for Work (or Labour)’. To save me giving you a very long explanation go to our website here! http://www.goudadesign.co.uk/eskafola.html and you will find all the information, date, etc. about your ESKAF ‘OLA’ item. Most OLA items did not have decor names. Hope that helps you? Regards. Stuart.

  114. Stuart Says:

    Hello Greg. Thanks for your question. This was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid Holland (PZH). It is a small replica of a ‘test’ – originally a much larger earthenware vessel for holding hot coals which was then placed inside a wooden container with holes in the top. Used for keeping food (or whatever) warm. The decor is possibly ‘Willy’. From your description what looks like ‘ct’ will probably be the date code for 1952. As for the painter there were several with the initials ‘TS’ in that date period. Impossible to tell you which one without a picture of the marks. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and follow the links for contacting us and send a picture. You can also see examples of a ‘test’ on the website. Hope that helps? Regards. Stuart.

  115. Emily Says:

    Hi Stuart

    Was there a line called “Blanca Royal” by any chance? Picked up a very clean, smooth candlestick from Rotterdam today and I’ve tried to search for it but no success.

    Thank you, Emily

  116. Stuart Says:

    Hello Emily. Thanks for your question. The name of the decor on your candlestick will be ‘Bianca’. Made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). This decor was produced in two different periods. One pre-WW2 and one post-WW2. From your description it was probably from the second date, so circa 1954 to 1964. However! – to be really sure I would need to see a picture of the base marks. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk follow the links to contact us and send pictures. Regards. Stuart.

  117. Star Says:

    Hi, I have a vase that has 1657 royal goedewaagen made in holland and a letter p hand painted on the bottom it also has 1657 engraved underneath, the “vase” looks like a smoking pipe/jar there is a cord with a mouth piece attached to the upper portion of the vase and the vase has a small opening at the top which has a small porcelian fixture attached to a small glass tube inside of the vase opening last the vase is painted with middle eastern men smoking out vases that appear to be the same as I have, also there are camels resting on sand and women dancing in front of them and it looks like the Taj Mahal or something in the backround I really dont know anything about it and im having no luck using the WWW thanks alot

  118. Stuart Says:

    Hello Star. Your answer is in this article! Go to question 61 and my answer 62. I have your email address so if you want me to send you a picture of an example with your decor on let me know. Regards. Stuart.

  119. Mary Dykes Hylton Says:

    I have a pitcher with the following information on the bottom, and would love to know more information about it, and greatly appreciate your help!

    (handwritten in blue ink)
    249.G
    Aqua
    Royal Goedewaagen
    Gouda
    Made in Holland
    below this is “GOEDEWAAGEN GOUDA HOLLAND” stamped into the clay

    This charming pitcher has hand painted angelfish and waves on it. It stands about 6″ tall.

    Thanks so much!

  120. Stuart Says:

    Hello Mary. Sorry for the delay in replying – on vacation! The pitcher was made in Gouda by Koninklijke (Royal) Goedewaagen. The decor is called ‘Aqua’. The date is circa 1939. The design was by Jaap Gidding. Model number will be the 249. Hope that helps. Regards. Stuart.

  121. Johanna Hofstee Says:

    Hi Stuart,
    I have inheriteda vase from my Uncle at first nobody wanted it but I have grown to love it.
    The markings are 226/65 Sylvia Koninklyk Gouda ROYAL Holland with handdrawn crown and house. Would love to know a little more about it
    If you could help it would be most appreciated.
    Regards
    Johanna

  122. VIGDIS OVERGAARD Says:

    I have a vase and it has a crown on the top of the stamp in the buttom.It start with letters N.V.KONINKE…………
    PLATEELBAKKERIJ, ZUID-HOLLAND, GAUDA
    please inform me about the vase, I can also send you a picture
    best regard Vigdis

  123. Stuart Says:

    Hello Johanna.

    Sorry for the delay but we have been out of touch for quite some time!
    The vase was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor is called ‘Sylvia’. It would have been made between circa 1958 and 1964. PZH closed in 1964. The numbers 226/65 just relate to the model/shape. Hope that helps. Regards. Stuart.

  124. Stuart Says:

    Hello Vigdis. I would need to see picture of this as I need more information. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and follow the links to contact us. Ensure pictures are high quality. Regards. Stuart.

  125. leonie Says:

    I am passing on Gouda items to my adult children and would like them to know and appreciate what they are. I have worked out from your site the 1930 symbol. It has Plazuid, Decor Grand(I think but the g looks like a y) Above Grand is 177 with the 7’s crossed diagonally.On the left below the 1930 spearhead symbol is 4222, on the rightLV. I have another one with no markings but it looks similar. I suppose that is not Gouda. My mother in law gave them to me when she was about 89.

  126. Stuart Says:

    Hello Leonie. Thanks for your question. The piece you describe very well was made by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The word ‘Plazuid’ was used after 1928. It will be decor ‘Grand’ and model number 177. This should be a double gourd shape. The painter is the ‘LV’ but there were two who used the same initial. One needs to see the piece to work out which one. The 4222 is just an in-house code number. As for the one that looks similar I would obviously need to see a picture. Please contact me by email and send pictures of both items. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk and click on Contact. Our email address is at the bottom of the Contact page. Please ensure the email subject has the word Gouda in it. If you mention your name I will know who it is! Regards. Stuart.

  127. Gerald Barlow Says:

    We have been given a vase which looks similar to the one pictured at the top of this webpage, or to the Gouda Grotius design. The neck and base are green not black. However, the marks on the bottom do not include the word ‘Gouda’. It just says MARKEN HOLLAND, with a number that may be 05844 or USB44. There is also a little round topped house (more like an igloo) but similar to the PZH symbol with three horizontal line drawn through it (the middle line shorter than the top and bottom lines). No artist’s name and no pattern. Is this just a copy, or could be genuine?
    Would be grateful for any information.
    Gerald.

  128. Stuart Says:

    Gerald. Thanks for your question. To answer your question I need to see a picture of the vase and base. PZH make a decor called ‘Marken’ from circa 1917 until circa 1922 but they also made items for the town of Marken as souvenirs and they had different marks. I need to determine this. Please send high quality pictues to me at this email address.
    goudadesign (at) virginmedia (dot) com.
    Ensure the subject line contains the word ‘Gouda’.
    Stuart.

  129. Ryan Says:

    I need some help I have tried to do it on my own with no luck. I have a vase that has been handed down to me , it’s small with a floral design on it the markings on the bottom of the vase do say gouda holland as well as the number I believe to be 2847 , an x with a symbol that looks like a house with two lines threw it and also has the letters bdm. At the very bottom of it all are also a letter A a symbol which looks kinda like a lollipop with a line at the bottom and then E O any help would be very greatful .,

  130. Stuart Says:

    The question 129 by Ryan was answered direct to him through our website email.

  131. Tiffany Says:

    Hi, I’ve recently accuired an Art Deco style cup (has no handles). It’s from my Nans house, I salvaged if before the clearance people come in as she has moved into a care home. It’s been on a very high shelf in the kitchen for as long as I remember and I wanted it as a keepsake and because i like the bright colour (orange). My nan 93 and doesn’t remember anything about it accept that she’s had it a long time. Underneath it says plateel Gouda holland, no numbers or anything. I will email some pics. Would love it if you could tell me anything at all about it.

  132. Stuart Says:

    Tiffany.
    Please send high quality pictues to me at this email address.
    goudadesign (at) virginmedia (dot) com.
    Ensure the subject line contains the word ‘Gouda’.
    Stuart.

  133. diane Says:

    hello—glad to have found your site.
    I recently bought an art pottery lamp…was sure it was either Rookwood or Weller, but upon unscrewing the bottom, I was shocked to find a PZH paper stamp. It’s dark blue with white lettering, and resembles a postage stamp with ruffled edges. The glaze is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a Gouda piece. There’s no pattern or design! It’s a simple dark blue matte with a frosted effect in other shades of blue, greens and even dark maroon in a few spots. The neck has a drippy pattern, where the glaze ran down and pooled slightly on the rounded shoulder. I’ve been on the internet for about an hour, and can’t find this particular piece, pattern, color, glaze, etc…any ideas?
    thanks in advance!

  134. Stuart Says:

    Diane. Thanks for your question. The lamp was certainly made by PZH. The style and colour of the ‘stamp’ determines the date, etc. These ‘stamps’ were attached to pieces at the factory for many years. So to give you accurate details, probable date and possibly decor name, I would need to see pictures of the item including the base, etc. Please send high quality pictures to me at this email address.
    goudadesign (at) virginmedia (dot) com.
    Ensure the subject line contains the words ‘Gouda’ and ‘Diane’.
    Stuart.

  135. Kerry Says:

    Hi
    I have been reading about Gouda pottery. Glad i came to your page.
    I have a floral vase. Underneath it says 2872, Lombo. Next to the house is PW.
    Then Gouda, Holland, 4227. I cant seem to find anything on this vase. Could it be a Post War one.

    Thanks
    Kerry

  136. Stuart Says:

    Hello Kerry. Your vase was made by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor is called ‘Lombo’. This decor was produced from circa 1933 to circa 1957. If there are no other marks as you say, then the date would probably be late 1940’s – so post WW2. During this turbulent period of WW2 very often date codes were not added to items. Painted by Petrus Wilhelmus Johannes Werkhoven – the ‘PW’. One of the numbers is the model/shape and the other just an in-house code. You should see one of the numbers inscribed into the base. As a guide, the model number is usually in the same colour as the artists marks. Without seeing the vase I cannot tell you which number is the actual model. I don’t remember all of the numbers! Hope that helps? Stuart.

  137. George R. Gibb Says:

    My ‘gouda’ was a wedding gift to my parents, married 16 June 1928. The makings on the bottom: 2y3. – then two triangles one on top of the other – Then a house followed by An underlined and joined AR; then ‘Made in Holland.’ all of these markings in blue; lastly in brown or green the number looks like 4259 – or could be42 the a sidewise ^J. not sure. An urn shaped vase 8.5″ tall & 6″ wide at the top. Appreciate your thoughts. George

  138. Stuart Says:

    George. I have sent you a PM to your email address. Stuart.

  139. Neil Says:

    I have a Gouda vase or pot , I would like no more about looks quite old,
    Has what looks like a house and 12 above it ,
    Has small inscriptions on each side of house and
    Gouda , Zuid Holland under the house all in blue writing
    I can send photo,s appreciate your help Neil,

  140. Stuart Says:

    Hello Neil. I do need to see pictures. Ensure they are good quality and clear. Please make sure the email subject line contains the word Gouda. Send them to deco (at) goudadesign (dot) co (dot) uk.

  141. donna vaughn Says:

    i have found some dinnerware, dessert dishes with the zuid holland gouda stamp on the back, they have an orange center and different tan and beige outter rims, i can’t find anything like it except that it was made at the place where it is stamped on the back, which is evident that it was a plateel…place where pottery was made, looks so 60’s or 70’s, it must have other pieces i found 4 in a thrift shop, do you know if there are other pictures of this type of dinnerwear, i thought this company only made art pieces and such

  142. Stuart Says:

    Sorry but due to commitments abroad, we cannot answer any questions at this time. We will be out of touch for at least two weeks. Stuart.

  143. Stuart Says:

    Donna’s question answered on Show & Tell gallery by Stuart.

  144. Don Says:

    What do you know about Hongan Ware. I understand it is a Japanese version of Gouda. We have 6 pieces in a burgundy glaze with flowers. Any ideas?

  145. Stuart Says:

    Dan. Hongan is indeed Japanese. Go to our website at http://www.goudadesign.co.uk. Enter Hongan in the search. Stuart.

  146. Vladimir Stamenovic Says:

    Hi Stuart,
    I’ve just returned from a weekend trip to Holland where I visited a flee market in Delft and brought back a beautifull flower design cachepot with following details on the top: 2810/22, next line – FAROGA, third line – ROYAL, fourth line – ZUID – HOLLAND, fifth line – B then a simbol of a “small house”, then P, sixth line – GOUDA, and in the seventh line something that resembles very much a “plus” sign (+). There are also some hand imprinted numbers into the clay visible under the glaze, also saying 2810 and 22.
    Can you please provide some details regarding the factory, year of production and perhaps artist’s name?

    Regards, Vladimir

  147. Stuart Says:

    Hi Vladimir. Your cachepot was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor name is ‘Faroga’, a post war decor produced from circa 1946 to circa 1953. The 2810/22 is the mould/shape number which you have also seen inscribed into the base. The date is probably 1948 but I really need to see a picture to be sure and to tell you (if known) the painter. I cannot tell you the painter from your (albeit very good) description. Send a high quality picture of the base to deco@goudadesign.co.uk. Please ensure the email subject line contains the word Gouda. Regards. Stuart.

  148. Mike Ellery Says:

    I have a Gouda jug which is quite plain but has the logo ‘House of Lords’ writton it with 1917 and 1918. It is marked on the base 1611 then the Gouda building mark plus AB and 10 below a cross and Holland Gouda. It is essentially cream with black lettering. Can you tell me more about it please

  149. Stuart Says:

    Mike. I have not come across a piece of Gouda with the words ‘House of Lords’ on the backstamp. I need to see this.
    Please send me a good quality picture to deco@goudadesign.co.uk.
    Please ensure the subject line contains the word Gouda.
    If not it may be deleted as spam.
    Stuart.

  150. Hazel Says:

    I have an arnhem pottery vase about 10in x 10in with rooster logo and arnhem on base with number 505. I can’t make out the initials. One could be a Z. It has a pair of “ear” handles at the top on each side. Colours are blue, brown, turquoise green on a light brown base colour.

    Have you any information on this please.

  151. Hazel Says:

    Further to my previous comment, I think the number could be 509 and initials JZ

  152. Don Says:

    Thanks for the reference to Hongan Ware on your site. Do you have any other resources I could try for more info. Thanks agin.

  153. Stuart Says:

    Hazel. Arnhemsche Fayancefabriek was founded in Arnhem in 1910 until 1934. The Rooster mark was in use on items between circa 1920 until circa 1933. To give a more precise date I would need to see the style of the marks. The style of the Rooster did vary according to the date. The Rooster and just the word Arnhem with no other words would indicate a date circa 1910 to circa 1920. I would need to see the marks to tell you the painter – if known. Also the decor name – if known. There were a couple of painters who used a Z style in their mark. Without a picture I cannot tell you which one it was. Deciphering painters marks can sometimes be a real nightmare! The number refers to the model/shape.
    Please send me a good quality picture to deco@goudadesign.co.uk.
    Please ensure the subject line contains the word Gouda.
    If not it may be deleted as spam.
    Stuart.

  154. Stuart Says:

    Don. Sorry I have no other information to give you. I was once in touch with a collector, David in Ontario, Canada, but lost touch many years ago. Our Dutch friends have no more information. It’s a case of searching the internet and one may be lucky. If you find any information let me know! Stuart.

  155. vera corlesss Says:

    I have purchased a jardinière with a house mark and the words Zomer Holland.It has a colourful pattern. Could you tell if you are familiar with this mark and if so, the date. Many Thanks Vera

  156. Stuart Says:

    Vera. Your jardinière was made by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). The decor name is Zomer. It is a very commonly seen decor and was mass produced between 1917 and circa 1930. If you go to our website Gouda-Design and put Zomer in the search box you will see some examples.
    Without a picture I obviously cannot tell you the exact date.
    Please send me a good quality picture to deco@goudadesign.co.uk.
    Please ensure the subject line contains the word Gouda.
    If not it may be deleted as spam.
    Stuart.

  157. Lee Says:

    Hi there,

    My husband inherited a Gouda vase from his parents. It was the first gift his grandfather presented to his grandmother. Anyway, I’ve always wondered about this piece because it is beautiful. Its rather tall, with 2 handles. The bottom is a dark, cobalt blue in color and grows to a green and beige color and looks like a sunflower with a leafy vine. I cannot find any information about where it was made or who the designer is. It is inscribed with a Y S Z, Zuid-Holland, Gouda. Can you tell me more about this piece? Thank you!

  158. Stuart Says:

    Lee. Thanks for asking a question. I can tell you that your vase was made in Gouda by Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (PZH). As for more information I really do have to see a picture! There are many decors as you describe with the same colours and floral design, including lots with stylized sunflowers – they were a popular subject.
    Please send me an email with good quality pictures of the vase and backstamp to deco@goudadesign.co.uk.
    Please ensure the subject line contains the word ‘Gouda’.
    If not it may be deleted as spam.
    Stuart.


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