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Posted 6 years ago

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Another reason to change your routine!
Instead of my normal northern trip around the thrift shops of Sydney on a ”cheap all day bus ticket for seniors”, I went south! I visited twelve shops and found nothing but on the last Vinnies before home I walked in and saw this lustre vase in the cabinet. I already knew what it was but I needed to see if there were any chips and to see how much they wanted for it. Condition? Perfect! Price? Reasonable! ….. Sale? Sold!
I went home happy on the last leg of the trip with it in the bubble wrap in the shoulder bag.
The factory of these lustre pieces was the Kunstaardewerkfabriek St. Lukas. The factory dates from 1909 in the town of Utrecht by A. Enthoven and G.J.D. Offermans. They were part of the Dutch art nouveau movement called in Dutch "de Nieuwe Kunst". The St Lukas name comes from the painters, gilders and glassmakers guild whose patron saint was Sint Lukas. Offermans was the technical expert and Enthoven had the financial contacts to create and support the business. Metal oxides created a pearly sheen to the lustre and you’ll see predominantly yellow, blue and purple lustres with that golden sheen. The term used is “reflet métallique”. Each piece is triple fired. The better pieces are also decorated with naturalistic motifs of plants, insects and fish (which are really cute in that Dutch way)!
The factory lasted until 1923.

I live in hope!

I now have two in the "K" colour: the turquoise.
Note the marks on the bottom: K = the colour and the shape is the other number, I believe. The small one (shape #98 ) I've had for a fews years now and the larger one (shape #67 ) is 21 cm or 8.3 inches tall.

The other, long forgotten, unappreciated one posted a year ago can be found here:


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks Sean! Did you see the little one?
  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    What is reasonable? Do you play by my (typical with exceptions) 5 dollar rule?
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    No way! These days it's more at Vinnies. It was twenty. Mind you the top price I've seen here at Vinnies was a painting by a South African artist that was $2800, if I remember correctly. It sold too!
  4. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Outrageous!!!! The cheap treasure girl in me is offended for you!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    I know I am encouraging them!
    But I think Vinnies are franchised here.
    It puts another tone on it.
    Even with the GFC I have decided to spend.
    It's been a while since July 2007, has it not?
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony and CollectorsUnlimited too!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    The Salvos are on the net selling too!
    Watch out for the new pieces valkema is putting up!
    The pig money box is amazing!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks czechman!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks my young mate, Amy! And thankscagain SeanB!
  10. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 6 years ago
    great find it really paid off to go south. nice size
    it would have set you back a lot over here
  11. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 6 years ago
    nice Dutch set
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks vlkma238412!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks miKKo!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks Marty!
  15. Bert Bert, 6 years ago
    Hi there,
    Nice examples of dutch art pottery, i have seen a lot more pieces on http://www.velsenaardewerk.nl and also vases with insects and with grasshoppers!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Hi Bert!
    The fish and insects have eluded me as yet!
    Many thanks for that link.
    It had eluded me too!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    I do have one or two velsen pieces though. I love Snel's blokjes pieces from the Kennemer Potterij.

  18. Bert Bert, 6 years ago
    Velsen aardewerk is my favorite as you can see on my site, which numbers do you have in your collection?
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    ah huh so the velsen aardewerk site is yours?

    In Australia the Mondriaan pieces are very rare, but I have one which I think is number 57 in the Aardewerk in Stijl book by Titus M Eliens. "A vase from the north of Holland. It dates from 1929-1932. It was painted by JG van Vliet on a design by Elke Snel."


    and a couple of Gellings pieces:


    and for something different from Utrecht:

    and a KO306 de Bazel for Leerdam that I am really proud of here:

  20. Bert Bert, 6 years ago
    Yes and velsen vases are scarce and are influenced by Mondriaan.
    Nice to see that other people over the world also collecting this nice Dutch pottery from art deco period!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks Bert!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks ho2cultcha!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT !
  24. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks SEAN 'n HO2CULTCHA too!
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks JENSEN!
  27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 25 days ago
    Many thanks DLPETERSEN & LISA too !!!!!
  28. SEAN68 SEAN68, 25 days ago
    love the little one Kevin!!

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