Named after the location where many potteries in Holland produce this style, Gouda ware begun its journey a little over 100 years ago. Although some older factories making functional or utilitarian Clayware, especially clay pipes, existed in the region since the 17thC, potteries making decorative ceramics in large numbers in the form of vases or other vessels and display plates in this manner, first appeared around very late 19thC and continue to this day.
Gouda style is characterized by its colorful floral motifs that at times seem almost abstract. Pronounced flower features and strong outlines against a usually darker background, enhance the overall visual impact and render an impressive work of art. Forms & shapes of most Gouda pottery are mostly regular and smooth. The Art Deco and Art Nouveau aesthetic movements at the turn of the 19th to the 20thC, had a profound effect in fashioning early works in the Gouda style. Newer items seem to have followed these traditions, and although some may be copies of early works, the vast majority of recently produced Gouda ware still maintain their distinct character.
Gouda pottery is very collectible, especially older examples. Some of the most famous Gouda companies include PZH (Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland), Regina, Schoonhoven, Ivora, Goedewaagen (now Royal Goedewaagen) and Zenith. Several studios & designers have also thrived in Gouda, including Cornelis de Lorm, Fris Studio, William Coenrad, Tikko Pottery, t'Bolwerk (Jan van Ham), Jumbo Pottery and many others. Major exporters include Gouda Flora (Flora Keramiek). Makers' marks and ways to identify or determine the age of Gouda ware are available to members of our Ceramics marks guides.
Appraisal values for Gouda pottery depend on age, size, condition and decorative effect are the most important factors that determine their worth. Signed vintage examples are the most desirable and fetch high prices at auction. Below are some examples from our Pricing Guides database.