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Gouda Pottery marksGouda pottery was made by several companies in and around the Dutch city of Gouda and in operation from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. Collectible Gouda pottery usually includes wonderful ceramic vessels and decorative clayware or porcelain that is characterized by its colorful and intricate designs, which are often hand-painted.

Each company or studio used different marks and logos to identify their wares. Some of the oldest potteries signed their items by including date ciphers and other symbols indicating designer, model, quality, and other internal manufacturing references. These older potteries used well-documented marks and can be recognized by most experts. Some marks also include a serial number or other identifying information. If you're interested in collecting Gouda pottery, it's important to learn how to read these marks. A good reference book or website can help you identify the different marks and their meanings. You can also consult with experts or other collectors to get more information about specific pieces. Overall, Gouda pottery marks are an important part of the history and value of these beautiful and unique pieces. By learning how to read and identify them, you can gain a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship and artistry that went into their creation.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that not all Gouda pottery marks are genuine. For example, many newer reproduction marks from recent or currently existing Gouda potteries are not easily identified and can lead to mistakes when it comes to appraising. Especially imports from China that bear imitations of older marks can be particularly misleading because the quality of these is usually very good, but they are not antique or authentic.

For a useful related article and additional information, see Gouda Pottery

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