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Zaalberg 1950’s 8 Piece Modernist Set of Cup and Saucers
For your consideration, an 8 piece set of glazed ceramic cups and saucers in mint condition. This fine and rare set was created in the 1950's and features modernist aethetics and fine workmanship. The four cups each measure 3" high3 3/8" in diamter and are 4 ¼" wide. The 4 matching saucers are 5 ½" in diameter and, like the cups, are glazed in a rich speckled chocolate brown with undertones of mocha. The company was based in the Leiderdorp area of the Netherlands. Zaalberg established by the grandson of Herman Zaalberg, a famed potter from the area who was active between the two world wars. Herman Zaalberg I (1880-1950) founded studio De Rijn in 1918. In 1937 the name was changed to Potterij Zaalberg. Herman Zaalberg had two sons, Meindert and Maarten. Maarten (1924-1989) settled in South Africa where he founded his own studio, also called Potterij Zaalberg. Meindert (1907-1989) settled in Ommen in the province of Overijssel where he founded the studio Ommen. He also marked some of his pots "Marco Polo", a nod to the 13th century traveler who introduced fine ceramics to Europe. Meindert had two sons Herman II (1935-) and Gijb (1937-), both of whom became potters. Herman II continues to work at his studio in Leiderdorp in the province of zuid Holland.
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