On display on Level 1


The Netherlands commenced 1898 – 1964

manufacturer (organisation)

Vase c.1917 Description: with Magpie decoration
Place made: Netherlands
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases, earthenare, painted glaze decoration earthenware, painted underglaze decoration

Primary Insc: written in underglaze on base: /Holland/973, Zuid-Holland manufacturer's mark, NN/Gouda/Magpie/Dutch Art Pottery/
Dimensions: 32.0 h 17.5 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2013
Accession No: NGA 2013.4837

The Zuid-Holland Plateelbakkerij (PZH) factory became a major producer of ceramics in the Netherlands Gouda region following its establishment by Egbert Estié and Adriaan Jonker Krijnszoon. Recruiting artists and designers from across the country, its output was characterised by its Art Nouveau designs, strong colours and amalgams of geometric and naturalistic designs inspired by the colours and patterns of Javanese batiks that were so familiar in the Netherlands. During and after World War I, PZH produced for export to Australia a series of wares painted with designs of indigenous flora and fauna, such as this Magpie design.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design