Gaudy Dutch



2015-06-26 10:59:14

Gaudy Dutch is the name given to a style of pottery manufactured in England during the early years of the 19th century. Origins

Gaudy Dutch pottery originated in Staffordshire, England, between 1810 and 1820. It was made specifically for the American market, and in particular the Pennsylvania "Dutch" or Pennsylvania German market of farming households.

The pieces were traditionally made without a manufacturer’s mark, which many believe is due to the country’s reluctance to buy English products after the Revolutionary War.


The pottery is lightweight white bisque earthenware, with a single colour printed beneath the glaze and others applied on top of it. The designs feature bold, earthy colours and are similar in style to the Imari style of Chinese porcelain manufactured during the early 16th century.


In all, there were 16 specific patterns used in the manufacture of Gaudy Dutch pottery. These are:

  • Butterfly
  • Carnation
  • Dahlia
  • Double Rose
  • Dove
  • Grape
  • Leaf
  • Oyster
  • Primrose
  • Single Rose
  • Strawflower
  • Sunflower
  • Urn
  • War Bonnet
  • Zinnia
  • No Name
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