The Rozenburg Den Haag Royal Delftware Factory

Girls working at the Rozenburg Royal Delftware Factory (1883-1917), Courtesy The Wolfsonian – FIU
Rozenburg Den Haag, eggshell wall dish 1899, for the World Fair Paris – Courtesy, Kunsthandel Proportio Divina

The Rozenburg Royal Delftware Factory (1883-1917) produced internationally renowned pottery. The glory days of the Hague factory are very much associated with the designer Theodoor Colenbrander and its director Jurriaan Kok. After years of experimentation, director Jurriaan Kok (1861-1919) suddenly launched an eggshell porcelain that was so delicate and so thin that it was almost unusable. Teapot lids resembled flakes of foam and handles rose up out of translucent pots like wayward tendrils. Cheerful, robust decorations made way for ethereal, stylised scenes with aviary birds and thistle branches. At the World Exhibition in Paris (1900) the new designs were an instant hit and the factory enjoyed some very profitable years. – Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Sam Schellink, ca. 1900, Courtesy Gemeentearchief Den Haag

Samuel Schellink (1876-1958) is mostly known for his work as a ceramic artist at several pottery factories, but was also skilled as a painter, etcher and watercolorist. Schellink was a self-taught artist. At the age of sixteen he moved to The Hague to become an apprentice at the Rozenburg pottery factory. His earliest works were made in a traditional and ‘safe’ style, with clear references to existing source material. Schellink’s career really took off when the factory started producing eggshell porcelain. His delicate flower and bird designs fitted quite well with the very thin porcelain. He made many sketches of his designs before applying them to the vases, and these skills proved quite useful when he started painting after Rozenburg stopped producing earthenware, in August 1914. He resumed his work as a ceramic artist for the Amphora tile factory and later on for the Goedewaagen pottery factory.

Long form articles:

Reference: Marks and Date Codes on Rosenberg Pottery (1883-1917) plateel

The Rozenburg factory: an Exercise in Anglo-Dutch Co-operation

by John A Popper.

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