This Distel vase (Model 78) is 39cm high and 15cm wide and was made
between 1903 - 1910.
The "De Distel" pottery started off in Amsterdam in 1895 and continued
until 1923 after which the pottery was bought out by the
Some of the tiles and vases made by this company definitely have a Gouda
pottery look about them, but other creations by them have a more modern
look. The vase displayed above is one of the more modern ones and not
painted in the traditional Gouda colours. Also the design is completely
different, i.e unique at the time. The decor is a nearly transparent
butterfly with geometric lines and symbols around it. On the back of the
vase is just the butterfly.
Most of these type of vases have the painting on a creme/white surface and
are matte glazed, this one has a grey/blue surface and is high glazed.
Bert Nienhuis is credited with the design of the vase.
The mark on this vase is pre-printed with the painter initials manually
added; the painter initial is unknown to me.
At first the marks were manually written, but soon, already in the early
1900's a stamp replaced this.
Another vase from the Distel with a design and colours more
characteristic for Gouda can be found HERE