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Gouda Pottery

Gouda Pottery is one of the most popular ceramic designs to emerge from Northern Europe outside of Delftware. Its name hails from the region of Gouda in southern Holland, which became popular among potters thanks to its rich deposits of clay.

The area of Gouda has been a hub of pottery production since the mid-18th century, when vessels were primarily produced for utilitarian purposes. Pottery was elevated to an art form in the following century. Leading designers from PHZ (Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland) to Regina took to experimenting with glazing to create compelling designs.

Part of this rise in aesthetic treatment was due to the Art Nouveau movement, which stressed the artistry of design. Resulting were pottery pieces with eclectic and colorful patterns derived from organic and natural references that still resonate among collectors today.


Quick Facts

  • The different makers of the Gouda region can be distinguished by the maker’s marks that appear on each vessel. The PHZ mark, for example, resembles a miniature bell or clock tower with a rounded top
  • The most coveted designs from Gouda typically date to the '20s and '30s due to their brilliant color the experimentation with semi-matte glazes
  • If you’re a fan of Gouda pieces and are planning a trip to the Netherlands, make a note of the Museum Gouda, located east of The Hague and Rotterdam in the heart of the Netherlands

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Large Dutch Gouda jug 30 cm high
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
Large Dutch Gouda jug 30 cm high
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD501 Bid
FREEMASONRY -- CERTIFICATE of the 'Loge De Ware Broedertrouw' in Gouda for Gerardus
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FREEMASONRY -- CERTIFICATE of the 'Loge De Ware Broedertrouw' in Gouda for Gerardus
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €45- €60
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GOUDA -- W(ALVIS), J. Beschryving der stad Gouda, bevattende een verhaal van
Nov 17, 1:30 PM CET
GOUDA -- W(ALVIS), J. Beschryving der stad Gouda, bevattende een verhaal van
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €140- €180
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Ceramic vase, Gouda, Holland,
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Ceramic vase, Gouda, Holland,
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Est: €0- €0
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Kleiner Henkelkrug,Keramik,bodenseitig bezeichnet Gouda-Nancy 129, Höhe ca.11,5 cm
Nov 20, 11:00 AM CET
Kleiner Henkelkrug,Keramik,bodenseitig bezeichnet Gouda-Nancy 129, Höhe ca.11,5 cm
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Est: €10- €0
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LOT OF 4 COLLECTIBLE GOUDA DUTCH POTTERY VASES & PITCHE
Nov 20, 3:00 PM EST
LOT OF 4 COLLECTIBLE GOUDA DUTCH POTTERY VASES & PITCHE
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Gouda Dutch Pottery Vase
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Gouda Dutch Pottery Vase
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Est: $20- $200
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A Royal Gouda Vase
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Royal Gouda Vase
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Est: $75- $750
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Historia Auktionshaus

Akiba Antiques

Akiba Antiques