Vase with clematis, Netherlands

Vase with clematis, Netherlands

Vase with clematis
Netherlands, The Hague
1904
Bone china, painted in enamels
Made at the Rozenburg porcelain factory; designed by J. Juriaan Kok (1861-1919); painted by J. Schellink (1876-1958) and J.M. van Rossum (1881-1963)
Museum no. C.41-1972

The short-lived Rozenburg factory produced some of the world's best Art Nouveau ceramics. The style is typified by elongated organic shapes and sinuous curving lines. Rozenburg china is so thinly cast that the material is often described as 'eggshell porcelain'. The painted decoration here combines elements of French and Belgian Art Nouveau styles with the spareness and generous white space of Japanese design.