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Posted 4 years ago


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This is a recent purchase,( within the last month ). It's a handsome piece, about 6+5/8" in diameter, with a beautiful mottled glaze and deeply carved design with the words, ' De Wierheid Hat In Skel Lud '.
I think it's German, may be some sort of house blessing or welcome saying.
It looks old, you suppose it's as old as it looks?, ( my guess is that it's from the 20's~30's ).
Perhaps a common item/saying in a German household, but I've never seen one.
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  1. maryh1956 maryh1956, 4 years ago
    I gave up on the translation , it may be old Flemish, it seems to be part Danish, part German? Here's a translation link :

  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    It's Dutch, Tony!
    The motto is in Frisian.
    Lovely piece of Northern Dutch Pottery.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    I really like this one Tony.
    The Dutch term for it is "kerfsnee-aardewerk"
    kerf - notch
    snee - cut
    aarde - earth, clay
    werk - work

    The work is from a factory known as "Aardewerk fabriek Velsen te Sassenheim" during the period 1945-1950.
    The plate may well be by Gerrit Dijkstra or W.T. Stam te Sneek.

    The work is related to Frisian woodcarving. The tools used to complete this work were the same as used for wood-carving. This site will give you the idea.

    There too are other examples of this technique.
    Some by Gerrit Dijkstra and others by W.T. Stam te Sneek.

    Further information on the work and the family history here but in Dutch:

    The expression "De wierheid hat in skel lûd" is a 'een Fries spreekwoord' - a Frisian proverb: "the truth has a shrill voice".... The Truth Hurts!

    I'm Green!
    Look at those beautiful colours!

  4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    very BEAUTIFUL!!!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Whether this is an early piece or later piece from the 40's and 50's I'm not sure. Perhaps someone who know a bit more may fill us in. The history of these pieces goes back to the 1890's when this type of ware had popularity in Friesland. It is the type of ware that a northern Dutch emigrant/tourist would buy as a keepsake. We are more aware of the southern wares in Dutch pottery.

    There were two sites known for this type of ware: "Aardewerk fabriek Velsen te Sassenheim" during the period 1945-1950. But if it is an earlier piece it will be from a little further north in Sneek. The plate may well be by Gerrit Dijkstra or W.T. Stam of Sneek.

  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    I've been looking around a little more and have noted that there are some other possibilities. These factories made these Frisian wares:
    There is mention of a factory called R. F. De Boer in Workum from the early period in the 1890's.
    Another is Cornelis Steenstra at the Pottenbakkerij Lemmer in the 1890's too.
    In the 1950's Rinse Jan Dorama (fabrikant van Fries, Gouds en Bergs aardewerk) Bolswald, Leeuwarden.
    And yet another De Lelie at Harlingen.

  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    I'm interested in these wares because of the decoration. In the thirties this type of incised decoration was toned down and became cubist in the wares at Velsen. The deep cutting style has mediaeval origins but was popular in Holland from 1892 onwards until the late twenties. It was revived during the second world war and became popular again after the war. The "Aardewerk fabriek Velsen te Sassenheim" during the period 1945-1950 was my first guess but the colours are a little too dark for the later period, according to what I have read.
    I'd say it's an earlier item. The use of multiple colours suggests a date after 1900 it seems. Little of the work is signed although there are known pieces which bore initials. I can't see anything on the reverse of your item. Note the coarse grain of the pottery - another indicator of the earlier pieces.
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Oh I almost forgot.

    A year ago Valkma shared a wonderful pig with us here on CW.
    "my birth pig"

    This pig was made when I was born. It will turn 50 in a couple of weaks. It was made in a style and color range that was common in the part off the netherlands my dad came from Friesland, its called kerfsnede-aardewerk this technique is already in use since the middle ages. It was made by a co-worker off my mother.

  9. Budek Budek, 4 years ago
    Thank You MaryH, Moonstonelover, Manikin, Kevin, Sean, & pickrknows!
    The comments are wonderful, I couldn't express how much I appreciate them all.
    Kevin, you are kind, you've helped me so much,.......I hope you would allow me to send it to you.
    Also, I have to tell you that there was another very similar one at the shop where I purchased this one, but I didn't have the money for it. When I went back I looked where I had hid was gone,:(
    hugs for all of the loves and comments,
    Tony ( )
  10. Budek Budek, 4 years ago
    Thanks DrFluffy!
  11. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 4 years ago
    the text is in Fries , both my father and grandparents came from Friesland ( part of the Netherlands ) The Netherlands has 2 official languages Dutch and Fries The literal translation says "The truth has a shrill voice " meaning It is often not pleasant to hear the hard truth
  12. maryh1956 maryh1956, 4 years ago
    Vetraio50, you are a wealth of knowledge! Is the Fries language a mix of German and Dutch?
    Is vlkma238412 your alias?
  13. inky inky, 4 years ago
    Fabulous it!...:-)
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    "The Frisians are a Germanic ethnic group native to the coastal parts of the Netherlands and Germany. They are concentrated in the Dutch provinces of Friesland and Groningen and, in Germany, East Frisia and North Frisia, that was a part of Denmark until 1864. They inhabit an area known as Frisia. The Frisian languages are still used by 500,000 speakers; dialects of Frisian are recognized as official languages in both the Netherlands and Germany."

    "As both the Anglo-Saxons of England and the early Frisians were formed from largely identical tribal confederacies, their respective languages were very similar. Old Frisian is the most closely related language to Old English and the modern Frisian dialects are in turn the closest related languages to contemporary English.
    ...... "

    I am an Ozzie with Irish backgroud. Valkma is Dutch with a Frisian background, I think.

  15. Budek Budek, 4 years ago
    Thank You ho2cultcha and Inky!
  16. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 4 years ago
    I am 50% Fries

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