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Vase - Breda Ware

Breda Ware

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Gouda (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1908-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    N.V. Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, painted

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Liberty & Co.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In the mid-1880s Rozenburg, a pottery in The Hague, began production of a new range of wares with highly decorative floral patterns. These were immensely popular and other factories rushed to capitalise on the new style. In 1898 Adrian Jonker, a potter from Gouda, and Egbert Estié, from Purmerend, established E.Estié & Co. In 1903, under new owners, it became NV Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland, Gouda. While, initially, Rozenburg's production was expensive, others like the Zuid-Holland wares were much less so and in time their commercial success forced Rozenburg into less expensive production too. This vase is printed with the name of Liberty & Co.. Wares like this were sold under the name 'Breda' exclusively through Liberty's and the Zuid-Holland pottery is believed to have been the manufacturer. It specialised in ceramics richly decorated with motifs based on flowers and leaves, in a generally art nouveau style.

Physical description

Vase, two-handled, painted with leaf and scale patterns in blue and yellow

Place of Origin

Gouda (made)


ca. 1908-1910 (made)


N.V. Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, painted

Marks and inscriptions

'Liberty .Co./I' 'Made in Holland'



Height: 15 cm

Object history note

Made for Liberty & Co and sold by them as 'Breda Ware'.
Shown in the exhibition Liberty's 1875-1975, V&A, 1975

Descriptive line

Vase 'Breda Ware', probably made by N.V.Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland, Gouda, Netherlands, about 1908-10, painted earthenware

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

catalogue: Liberty's 1875-1975, V&A, D216 D

Labels and date

Vase 'Breda Ware'
Probably made by N.V.Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland, Gouda, The Netherlands about 1908-10
Marks: 'Liberty .Co./I', painted '065', incised.
Earthenware, painted

Circ.51-1976 Given by Liberty & Co.

Made for Liberty & Co and sold by them as Breda Ware [16/07/2008]


Ceramics; Art Pottery


Ceramics Collection

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