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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
    (712 items)

    The Great Depression did not kill off production of ceramics in Holland completely. But economic circumstances forced drastic changes to what was produced. "In 1932 sales from Zuid-Holland fell sharply. This together with the general depression worldwide, made the director of Zuid-Holland, Willy Hoyng, dismiss some 160 painters. In order to make up for this loss and to try and maintain volume production, new coloured spray glazes were experimented with. The other factories also did this type of work, notably Zenith with the Willem Stuurman examples. Even after the recovery in the economy in 1937, the factories continued to make spray glazes."
    http://www.goudadesign.co.uk/collectorsgallery19.html

    Zenith is one of the factories that fall under the umbrella term "Gouda Pottery".

    The period before and after World War I interests me. It has been the focus of my collecting for many years now. The Great Depression period saw painter/decorators being put off. At the same time the design of the wares became paramount. Decoration was kept to a minimum. In Dutch the term for these wares is: "Crisisgoed".

    These days this style of ware is described as "Amsterdamse School" style. and was executed by Zenith, Gouda / the Netherlands 1932-'40.

    This earthenware bowl is inscribed underneath: 667 Zenith Gouda.
    Design number 667 falls out of the sequence "386-646". Those are the Zenith designs attributed to Stuurman these days. Is it a Stuurman design or is it "in the school of Stuurman"?

    Willem Stuurman (1908 - 1995)
    "He started in 1922 at the Quellinusschool (Amsterdam) by taking courses from Bert Nienhuis (1873-1960). 1927 he became teacher at the same school ("Kunstnijverheidsinstituut"). He worked from 1928 to 1934 at Eskaf in Huizen, Kennemerland in Velsen, St. Lukas in Maarssen, Zenith and Goedewaagen. The around 300 Art Deco potteries he designed for Zenith (Plateelbakkerij en pijpenfabrieken Fa. P.J. van der Want Az., Gouda, 1749-1984) in only 3 years are very famous (model numbers 386-646). From 1932 was worked as independent artist. He also teached pottery to princess Beatrix (now the Dutch queen). He died 1995 in Amersfoort."

    http://www.dutchceramics.nl/willemstuurman.html

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks, young Sean B.!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks petey, MustangT, Amber and Mani too!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks shell59!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks maryh1956 and czechman, too!
    5. toracat toracat, 7 years ago
      I enjoyed reading about the depression. My father and uncles talked a lot about it. I am not smart about ceramics but is there a reason for the handle? Is it a handle? It is beautiful the swirling red reaching for each other.
    6. nldionne nldionne, 7 years ago
      Beautiful, Love the orange
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks nldionne and to you toracat too!
    8. nldionne nldionne, 7 years ago
      You are welcome!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks Phil and musikchoo!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Hi toracat! The handle? Passing sweets around the table? I think it is just that. The Dutch do have a sweet tooth. To my eye it is 'different' for the period. Stuurman's handles on his objects are pretty 'out there'.
      Check out these objects:

      http://www.veniceclayartists.com/master-dutch-potter-willem-stuurman/

    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks Manikin!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks Phil!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AmphoraPottery!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks inky!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks Misglass!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks epson233!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks maryh1956!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks birdie!
    19. nldionne nldionne, 7 years ago
      This would look lovely with vase just posted.
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      You're right nldionne!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks Glasseyed!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks moonstonelL!
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN!
    24. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 6 years ago
      Gorgeous & great info.
      Thanks
    25. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
      love it and as always love the write up by uuuuuuuuuuu..smiling
    26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks LISE!
    27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!!!!
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks AURA & HO2CUKTCHA !!!!!
    29. dlpetersen, 2 years ago
      Unique design, love it.
    30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Many thanks DLPETERSEN, EZA, MANIKIN, KWQD & NUTSABOTAS !!!!!!

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