Made in Belgium

During the Belgian revolution of 1830 and the period of mutiny afterwards (1830-1839) the family BOCH had already acquired a long tradition in the field of faience and a lot of strategic experience in anticipating politic and economic developments.

Around 1874, due to the passionate interest of collectors of old faience pieces, Victor BOCH hires Dutchman from Maastricht, some already experienced after years of work in Delft. These Dutch faience painters brought their knowledge, experience and skills.

Thanks to their collaboration the old working methods were applied on different clay than the potters in Delft.

A period of reproduction of decors is followed by a period of innovation, among others with the polychrome decors on white background, or bleu, green or black, and afterwards new decors.

Luxury faience is decorated with Delft decors, and becomes a speciality of the “Manufacture” in a division named “la Chambre des peintres hollandais” (the Holland painter’s chamber).

These pieced each with a hand painted signature of the interlaced letters “B, F, K“ (Boch frères Keramis) on the bottom of the pieces.

These artistic products in Delft style are hand painted, instead of being decorated with a usual printed decor.

 

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Brown Willow

1840’s Rare Small Pottery Footed Compote by Petrus Regout & Company. I Found in Paris.

It was made in Maastricht Holland in the Brown Willow transferware pattern.

This shape is hard to come by. Beautiful piece! Very old but Quality for its age. A Bright and shiny glaze.

Diameter: 3″ x 2″ height.

Royal Sphinx is a pottery, founded by Petrus Regout in 1834 in Maastricht. The factory origins from the glass-cutting company Petrus Regout & Co, established in 1827. In addition, Peter Regout started a wholesale company in glass, crystal and pottery.

In 1834 Regout started a glass factory and in 1836 he also started to produce pottery. Initially he produced so called faience commune, simple pottery with a soft, red shard, made for the local market.

In order to increase his market share, Regout had to compete with the then very popular English cream ware. This is why Regout employed skilled British workers, and even imported English materials. When his sons became co-directors, the name of the company was changed to Peter Regout & Co.

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Juzan Gama

We found these Japanese bowls in Antwerp. I thought they were stunning and had never seen anything marked like these. When we returned home from holiday… I just had to look them up.

The Juzan Gama Pottery, I believe are a 20th c. modern Japanese porcelain bowls manufactured by 壽山窯 Juzan Family Kiln (Juzan gama).

Juzan Kiln, aka Juzan Gama, still operates today and is located in Nagasaki, Japan producing table wares under the name Juzan Toki.

Juzan Gama produced wares are called Hasami-yaki. This particular style seen on the outside of the bowl is made by what is called chattering kana.

The kana scraper, a metal tool, is held onto a leather hard, unfired bowl, and the bowl is spun. The kana jumps up and down, chatters, across the surface to produce the regular markings.

Faience

Boch Frères Keramis pottery from La Louvière Belgium. The is a Fermes Decoration which translates from French to “Green farms.” The green is very warm, subtle shades with scenes of people, sky and windmills.

This one is Transfer ware Bowl that dates back to about 1880 and it still retains it’s lustre; no cracks, no chips. Wonderfully kept pieces of pottery don’t you think? They are still for sale if you can find them. We found three in Paris. Mint.

Boch Keramis began making pots between 1844 and 1846 created Bayern landscapes and views of the Rhine, genre scenes, decors inspired by the Orient, the decor engravings on these plates, applied by chisel and stamp.

The very first decors were monochrome, mostly in bleu or black impression, and have a factory stamp with large banner in general, and are sometimes produced in sister factories. Sometimes they are bicolour, black for the centre decoration and another colour for the border decoration.

Some of these decors are printed in a slightly blurred way for the English and American for those who love this kind of illustrations.

Around 1860 the production of polychrome pieces starts with accents above or underneath the glazing, sometimes the same decors are produced in monochrome and in polychrome.

The romantic scenes were farms, city views, the saints with their attributes, Napoleons battles, humorist scenes and the height’s of travelling by railway.

But these are my favourites here by far; for the faience is in the amazing glazing.

Old Lustre Still

Early possible Société Céramique made some history in Maestrich.

Then Petrus Regout came along and made Lustre Soup bowls out of clay, dipped them in glaze and named it pottery in the Goudkust pattern I do believe. Earth tone was his favourite. Possibly an early Alpine pattern.

This particular bowl was loved a very long time. Someone’s favourite noodle bowl no doubt. As it appears has gone through many years of good service. It’s the oldest bowl I’ve ever seen. It’s a life that has been very useful. Survived longer than many.

Description looks Moroccan. Old Orange rusty and brown.

Flowers, leaves, geometric lines, swirls and acorns in earth tones come into mind. Throw some chilli and paprika in.

Made in Belgium.

Good to ok condition; He’s not perfect, but no chips except for the bit inside, where it’s discoloured. Perhaps a child nicked it with a spoon once when told to finish the porridge inside.

There are two hairline cracks; one on the base inside and one on the inside top. Looks like it was repaired.

There is graininess and cracklings inside. Outside some of the lustre has been lost; there some of its colour has faded near the base.

It must be hard to be the only one left around. All the others are gone now.

Found this in old lovey bowl in Paris last year. Montmartre to be exact. I was going to keep it, but maybe it belongs in a museum.

The age may be great, but true beauty never fades. The old Lustre is there. I guess even old pots have a life.

Prayer For Paris

  

I blinked at the news when I heard about the slaughtered innocent in Paris. 

Then I bit my lip and closed my eyes, sighing. It was late;  why Paris? 

Why this, I was tired when the news came on at 3:00 AM in the morning. 

I did not know why I just happen to wake up when the news came on. 

Coincidence maybe. But it really gave me a sense of deep loss and longing. 

All I really wanted was to hear that this wasn’t real and maybe a cup of hope or anything…

I laid still next to him. There we stayed and crouched down. Then, next to us were the doggies.  

I tilted my head to his side, trying to figure out just why this violence was happening. 

Wondering why France as if was in my house, and why so close to our home. 

It wasn’t like the terrorist had been given a reason that they could just waltz into a peaceful loving nation whenever they liked… 

But civilians and peaceful and at that and in Paris. 

“No” I mumbled, drawing out in silence. A prayer for Paris; hoping for peace; an end to hate. 

And all around the world…all I wish is for everyone to love another.