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Breetvelt, H. L. A.

[Art Nouveau]. Two designs for vases.

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Delft, unpublished, 1900-1902. Two very large watercolour drawings in two (59.0 x 18.5 cm; and 59.0 x 28.3 cm). Uniform silver-grey frames (95.0 x 48.0 cm; and 95.0 x 61.5 cm).

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Weight 9000 g
Tax21% (VAT)
Weight9000 grams



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Delft, unpublished, 1900-1902. Two very large watercolour drawings in two (59.0 x 18.5 cm; and 59.0 x 28.3 cm). Uniform silver-grey frames (95.0 x 48.0 cm; and 95.0 x 61.5 cm).

Two original designs made by the Dutch artist Henri Leonardus August Breetvelt (1864-1923) - known as Henri Breetvelt - for Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland (a faience factory in South-Holland) in Gouda. Breetvelt worked for the Plateelbakkerij between 1900-1902, and again after 1916. He learned drawing and designing at the polytechnic school in Delft, the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and - later - at the famous De Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft) earthenware factory before his initial stint at the Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland, when the Art Nouveau style was in full swing. Breetvelt's work from this period is characterized by the inclusion of flowers and butterflies in bold colours. One design is signed HB in the lower left corner; the other has the printed stamp of Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland on the original cardboard frame. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the Municipal Museum of The Hague all have a small Breetvelt earthenware collection. Mounted on contemporary boards that show some staining, marginal fraying and chipping, and then mounted on later boards and framed; the second watercolour shows some smudging and scratching into the visual. Breetvelt vases from this period are quite rare and much sought-after; original designs for these vases, being of a much more ephemeral character - are virtually unknown.

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