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Vase and cover - Pagoda vase
  • Pagoda vase
    Colenbrander, Theodoor, born 1841 - died 1930
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Pagoda vase

  • Object:

    Vase and cover

  • Place of origin:

    The Hague (made)

  • Date:

    1886 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Colenbrander, Theodoor, born 1841 - died 1930 (designer)
    Haagsche Plateelbakkerij Rozenburg (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, painted

  • Museum number:

    C.5:1, 2-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case I1, shelf 1 []

Theodoor Colenbrander (1841-1930) was one of the leading late-nineteenth century European designers employing an eclectic mix of Iznik and Japanese motifs in their designs for ceramics. As seen in the symmetrical floral pattern on this vase, his work was eccentric and eye-catching, combining forms and colours and typifying Dutch Art Nouveau.

Colenbrander joined the firm of Rozneburg in 1884 and left in 1889. This vase dates to his time at the factory. Designs in the Colenbrander style were continued for many years after his departure.

Vases such as this were often displayed in garnitures.

Physical description

Earthenware vase and cover painted with a stylised symmetrical floral pattern in shades of yellow, green, blue and purple on a cream ground.

Place of Origin

The Hague (made)


1886 (made)


Colenbrander, Theodoor, born 1841 - died 1930 (designer)
Haagsche Plateelbakkerij Rozenburg (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, painted

Marks and inscriptions

'W 'flag mark' G', 'Haag', 'B'
painted on base
'W 'flag mark' G', 'Haag' - factory mark
'B' - year mark for 1886


Height: 39.4 cm, Diameter: 12 cm widest point

Object history note

Purchased from Sotheby's Amsterdam, February 2008, previously in the owndership of Justin Schiller and Dennis David, and J.W.N.van Agterbergh, Amstelveen

Descriptive line

Earthenware vase and cover painted with stylised floral motif, designed by Theodoor Colenbrander, Haagsche Plateelbakkerij Rozenburg, 1886.

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

Dutch Modernism: The Schiller-David Collection of Symbolism, Art Nouveau & Art Deco 1880-1930, Sotheby's Amsterdam, Tuesday 5th February 2008
Rozenburg: plateel uit Haagse kringen, (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2007), p.39, fig.36





Subjects depicted

Floral motifs


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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