Vintage PZH Gouda Art Pottery Vase Damascus Pattern Unique Design
During the earliest years only the series name "Damascus" and sometimes the place name, Holland is all that was marked on the base.
The earliest Damascus and Rhodian decors were considered so radical at the time, they did not carry the PZH markings. The company did not want customers to know they had produced them.
By the mid-teens, company identification began to be noted. So you could now see a painted mold number which would repeat the incised number.
The pottery produced between 1905 and 1918 did not have a date mark. This piece is not dated and I believe it would be from sometime between 1915 - 1920.
The markings include the PHZ logo (the little house) - The pattern name, Damascus, Holland and the letters A.P. (which I believe are the artist's initials) also the incised number 066 which is repeated in the paint mark 066. There is also a name on the rim of the base which looks to be written in pencil or charcoal, which I cannot quite make out, I believe it may say Walter...I don't know if this might be the artist or perhaps the original owner of the piece.
It is an interesting piece due to both it's wonderful Arts & Crafts coloring and design, even the shape is quite unique with the very small handles at the top. The colors are a drab green shade at the base with indigo blue and a medium brown and a mustard yellow, there is also a pale green and it is all outlined in black. The patterning on the bottom reminds me of an Early Egyptian motif.
It measures 8 inches in height and 4 3/4 inches at its widest on the base. It is quite heavy for its size weighing just over two pounds.
Condition: It is in very good condition. There is one area shown in the last photo where the yellow paint appears to have slipped.
This is a lovely piece to add to your Gouda Art Pottery Collection.
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