M... My favourite heirloom
"Plateel" is named after one of the most important products of the potters: "platte aardewerkschotel", a flat dish, plate. About 8000 years ago the first ceramics were produshed in the Far East. It's one of the oldest crafts in the world.
Rozenburg Plateelfactory in The Hague is founded 1883 by the German Wilhelm Wolff Freiherr von Gudenberg. In the beginning Rozenburg produced Old Delftware imitation pottery; later on decorative art pottery: original bright colours, asymmetrical, nature decoration, tile sceneries till 1889: Colenbrander-pottery, named after T.A.C. Colenbrander, the first artdirector/designer of Rozenburg.
Between 1899 and 1914 Rozenburg mainly produced eggshell porcelain; super thin and light ceramics in Art Nouveau-style: waving, curling models and swished colourful decorations, high quality very famed.
The Haagsche Pottery factory Rozenburg received the title 'Koninklijk/Royal' in 1900. Juliana-pottery since 1909.
The factory was closed in 1917.
This is a decorative eggshell plate. It belonged to my mother's sister. After her death my mother had it hanging on the wall. I loved it from the beginning. My mother gave it to my husband and me as a wedding present.