A Kookaburra on the left and the right and a lyre bird in the middle.
The above pottery was specifically made to be sold in Australia; it was
made in Holland by the "Plateel Zuid Holland"-potteries . (PZH)
Most people in Australia will probably agree that the Kookaburra is one of
the most well known birds down here, known for its loud laughing sound. So
the design was well chosen.
On one of my first days in Australia, more than 30 years ago, I woke
up when it was just getting light because of a really loud noise bouncing
back from the hills all around me. I had no clue what was happening, the
loudness of it was unbelievable. Well this was from a number of
Kookaburra’s in the process of performing their early morning rituals. If
you never heard this before, it is quite an experience.
Next to the Kookaburra; decor; laughing Jackass, also the MagPie and the
Lyrebird are well known icons down here. And again these can be
found on Gouda pottery. Also the Waratah flower exists as a decor.
A lot of Gouda produced in the early 1900’s had the words “Made in
Holland” added to the mark underneath. For some reason they changed
that for the vases above, and instead the words Dutch Art Pottery,
appeared. Also the date mark often went missing.
But as you can see above, the vases exist with both High glazed and Matte
glazed appearance. The changeover from High glazed to Matte glazed started
around 1915. The high glazed ones were probably made before the Matte
glazed ones. Occasionally a date mark still shows up, or sometimes
painters initials are visible, these help to determine that these type of
vases were produced between say 1914 and 1925. (Give or take a year)