Gouda pottery is a loose term to describe a style of ceramic production and design, which is sometimes also called Dutch Delftware.
History & Description
Earthenware products have been produced and manufactured in Gouda since the beginning of the eighteenth century. The town is particularly famous for its decorative, ceramic pipes.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the emphasis shifted from practical and utilitarian items to more aesthetic and decorative wares and for over thirty years Gouda pottery was synonymous with beautiful Art Nouveau plates, jugs and vases that were made by some of the area’s most prominent factories, such as Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland, PZH and De Utrechtse Faience-en Tegelfabriek.
Collectors should be aware that Gouda pottery was not necessarily made in Gouda and was made in numerous cities across Holland, such as Utrecht, Amsterdam and Delft.
Guide for collectors
Instances of Gouda pottery sold through both national and international auction houses are quite common. In addition, good quality examples of Gouda pottery are also sold on internet bidding sites, such as eBay. For example, on March 11th 2012, a Gouda pottery clock, made by Zuid-Holland, circa 1918, was sold on eBay for $1,338.
The following websites are a great source of information about Gouda pottery; Gouda Design, Studio Pottery and Gouda Pottery Book.
Notable auction sales
On October 20th 1998 at Christie’s in Amsterdam, a large glazed Gouda pottery two-handled vase, made by Zuid-Holland, realised a price of £3,460.
On September 9th 2003 at Sotheby’s in London, a large Art Nouveau Gouda pottery vase, made by Zuid-Holland, circa 1920s, realised a price of £2,520.
On July 9th 2011 at Skinner in Massachusetts, a Gouda pottery magpie vase, made by PZH, circa 1920s, realised a price of $2,600.
On July 9th 2011 at Skinner in Massachusetts, a Gouda pottery Breetvelt vase, made by PZH, circa 1920s, realised a price of $2,000.