Potterie Kennemerland Velsen - Vase, Art Deco

Potterie Kennemerland Velsen - Vase, Art Deco
Netherlands - 1890-1919 - Earthenware

Very beautiful vase of Potterie Kennemerland Velsen.
This vase has a beautiful décor of triangles and stripes.
Model number ‘6’.
This vase has a rare hallmark, because it has a spelling error.
It states ktk instead of ktp.
Vase has a bump spot and a crack at the top, see the photos.
Height 16 cm.

Eelke Snel started as a servant making plaster moulds at the Amphora pottery factory in Oegstgeest. He then ended up at St. Lukas in Utrecht. Then, on 20 May 1920, Eelke Snel, Koen Mertens, Jan van Ham and Cees van Muyen founded De Vier Paddenstoelen in Utrecht. This combination was short-lived, in December Snel and Mertens set up their own pottery: Potterie Kennemerland. The mark from this period is the PK-mark with the mirror wrong P. The oft-mentioned T is a distilled potters turntable.
This duo was also apparently unsuccessful, because about one year later Mertens left and Eelke Snel went on his own. Eelke Snel wanted to produce in a factory way, Koen Mertens wanted a small-scale factory where the shapes would be hand-turned. Until about 1924, Koen Mertens was still occasionally employed in the factory. Snel's goal was to deliver cheap and beautiful pottery. The first designs were made by Snel and Merten and are decorated with experimental decors, geometric or band motifs on a cream or greyish surface. From the moment Eelke Snel himself was manager, from 1922 onwards, the décors were usually still simple or experimental. In the later years of the Kennemer Pottenbakkerij, more towards 1928/29, the vases etc. were decorated with cubes. This period is characterised by the always blue brand KP. Until 1929, the factory was still small-scale, with few employees. From 1929 onwards, production was handled on a factory basis and more workers were employed. From the Gouda pottery industry, some painters also came to Velsen. When designer Karl Gellings started work, the sometimes somewhat simple models were supplemented with artful designs. Another well-known designer for the factory was Willem Stuurman. He has designed decors but also models. Over the course of the years, a large variety of models, from elegant vases, jugs and lidded pots to beautifully stylised abstract (animal) sculptures. This hallmark is the KP-mark in green, grey/black.
Because the factory had to move from the Germans, it was established in Sassenheim in 1942 under the name "Velsen"; initially old moulds were used, but soon a very different path was taken.

Lot details
Art Deco, Vase
Manufacturer/ Brand
Potterie Kennemerland Velsen
Art Deco
Estimated Period
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
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