Delft Bue B-jug

Jug
2001 (designed), 2011 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Designer Hella Jongerius (1963) is one of the most celebrated and imaginative designers of the last twenty years. Her work is represented in all the major international collections of contemporary design.

Jongerius studied industrial design at the Eindhoven Design Academy and has since combined elements of that discipline with those of traditional craftsmanship in products, textiles and ceramics. Many of her early designs were manufactured by Droog, the influential Dutch design collective, and she subsequently put much of her own work into production through Jongeriuslab, her Rotterdam studio which moved in 2007 to Berlin, Germany. Her designs are also produced by manufacturers such as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Nymphenburg and Vitra.

In 2009 we acquired Table service B-set by Hella Jongerius, which is on display in the new ceramics galleries (Room 142). This set, designed in 1998-1999 consists of 7 different parts including a decanter-bottle. Hella Jongerius has consciously created irregularities in this dinner service that deviate from the 'ideal' form. Slight deviations in the shape of each individual piece lend the seven-part service its character.

In 2001 Jongerius used the decanter bottle of this set to create a new design for the exhibition 'Delft in Detail' in the Hague Municipal Museum. She altered the function of this object by strapping on bronze handle with nylon cable ties. The 'Delft Blue B jug' has since become a design classic.
Over the last 10 years or so, various artist have incorporated notions of alteration, re-cycling and repair in their works and the 'Delft Blue B jug' by Hella Jongerius is one of the earliest and best examples of this practice.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Slip-cast porcelain, cast bronze handle, attached with nylon cable ties
Brief Description
Jug, white porcelain water-jug with large bronze handle attached to it with cable-ties, designed by Hella Jongerius, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2001
Physical Description
White porcelain bottle with wide opening, two vertical mould-seams at either side and a moulded number inside the neck, large bronze handle attached with standard white nylon cable ties, in the inside of the bottle has been weighted down at the bottom with a special material to prevent it from falling over due to the weight of the bronze handle.
Dimensions
  • Height: 26.4cm
  • Diameter: 12.6cm
  • Greatest, with handle width: 20.3cm
Production typeUnlimited edition
Marks and Inscriptions
'405W#451-HJ-' (Pressed in relief on the inside of the neck.)
Object history
The Jug with attached bronze handle is part of the 'Delft Blue B-Set' designed in 2001 for the exhibition "Delft in Detail" held at the Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands.

The 'Delft Blue B-Set' is a special version of the all white 'B-Set', designed in 1997. The water jug in the 'B-set' has no handle and Hella Jongerius designed a bronze handle to be attached to it with cable ties.



The Delft Blue B-Set represents the translation of traditional decorations into contemporary expressions. Apart from this water jug with added bronze handle, the set contains many elements including plates with computer pixels that refer to traditional Delft Blue patterns, embroidered plates and bowls that carry their images on the inside.



Production
The porcelain blank was made by Royal Tichelaar in Makkum and the jug was assembled at Jongeriuslab in Berlin. The Jug with attached bronze handle is part of the 'Delft Blue B-Set' designed in 2001 for the exhibition "Delft in Detail" held at the Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands. The 'Delft Blue B-Set' is a special version of the all white 'B-Set', designed in 1997. The water jug in the 'B-set' has no handle and Hella Jongerius designed a bronze handle to be attached to it with nylon cable ties. This special edition of the B-jug was designed when Jongeriuslab was still located in Rotterdam. This version was made for the V&A in 2011.
Summary
Designer Hella Jongerius (1963) is one of the most celebrated and imaginative designers of the last twenty years. Her work is represented in all the major international collections of contemporary design.



Jongerius studied industrial design at the Eindhoven Design Academy and has since combined elements of that discipline with those of traditional craftsmanship in products, textiles and ceramics. Many of her early designs were manufactured by Droog, the influential Dutch design collective, and she subsequently put much of her own work into production through Jongeriuslab, her Rotterdam studio which moved in 2007 to Berlin, Germany. Her designs are also produced by manufacturers such as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Nymphenburg and Vitra.



In 2009 we acquired Table service B-set by Hella Jongerius, which is on display in the new ceramics galleries (Room 142). This set, designed in 1998-1999 consists of 7 different parts including a decanter-bottle. Hella Jongerius has consciously created irregularities in this dinner service that deviate from the 'ideal' form. Slight deviations in the shape of each individual piece lend the seven-part service its character.



In 2001 Jongerius used the decanter bottle of this set to create a new design for the exhibition 'Delft in Detail' in the Hague Municipal Museum. She altered the function of this object by strapping on bronze handle with nylon cable ties. The 'Delft Blue B jug' has since become a design classic.

Over the last 10 years or so, various artist have incorporated notions of alteration, re-cycling and repair in their works and the 'Delft Blue B jug' by Hella Jongerius is one of the earliest and best examples of this practice.

Associated Object
C.141-2009 (Series)
Bibliographic Reference
L. Schouwenberg, Hella Jongerius, London, New York (Phaidon), 2003
Collection
Accession Number
C.5-2013

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record createdFebruary 28, 2013
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