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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Here are a few examples of Dutch art deco pottery made at the Velsen pottery. More examples can be seen on

    History; On the 20th of may 1920 Eelke Snel, Koen Mertens, Jan van Ham and Cees Muyens started a new pottery under the name “De vier paddelstoelen” (The four mushrooms). You can see 1 example of that in the last picture just between the two Velsen vases in green.

    This didn’t last very long and in December of the same year Eelke and Koen started their own company in Velsen. This didn’t seem to be the right combination, because only four years later Eelke went on alone. Mertens left the factory after a year (because they changed the process from handwork to using moulds), but did some Freelance work for a couple of years. Eelke tried to make a cheap but beautiful kind of pottery and succeeded , because shortly after this a lot of workers joined the factory. The first designs were hand painted with squares on a cream coloured and gray background.

    When the designers Carl Gellings and Willem Stuurman came into the picture, the simple designs turned a bit more to art. In the years to come the designs changed to more delicate objects. Unfortunately the factory under the name N.V. Kennemer Potterij (IJmuiden-oost-Velsen) went bankrupt in 1932


    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      Thanks for showing us these pieces, Bert. I especially like the finial on the two lidded items.
      I didn't know that some early pieces were made without the use of moulds. What did they look like?
    2. Bert Bert, 11 years ago
      Hello kevin,

      Thats pieces are more heavyer and the " vier paddestoelen" vase in last picture is also an early handwork piece.
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      Thanks for that Bert. I knew about the 'four toadstools' but didn't realize that they were hand potted. I'm still trying to get one of the 'vier paddenstoelen' pieces. Difficult to get here in Australia, I'd say.
    4. Bert Bert, 11 years ago
      These vases are really hard to find, even in The Netherlands but i have a few on my website, so just take a look at them!
    5. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 11 years ago
      great "Velsen" collection
    6. Bert Bert, 11 years ago
      Thank you very much!
    7. Bert Bert, 11 years ago
      Thank you Bellin68!
    8. apostata apostata, 3 years ago
      strange because there is quite a lot of Velsen on the market nowadays

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