THIS EXHIBITION SITE
Verwoerd Ceramics Online is a Knowledge Center on Delft
jewelry. It undertakes to collect, study,
preserve, and exhibit original specimens from the former Verwoerd
Ceramics Studio of Gouda, Netherlands, and other major
manufacturers of Delft jewelry. Its collection includes
Delft jewelry medallions, miniature clay pipes, and contemporary
ceramic art jewelry. We aim at sharing our knowledge with professional
dealers and serious collectors who want to learn more about Delft jewelry,
distinguish between hand painted and printed Delft, and recognize and
appreciate the beauty of the best hand painted Delft miniatures. Our
helpdesk stands ready to assist both public museums and private owners
in establishing the provenance of collections and individual Delft
IS DEDICATED TO
THE WORK OF C. VERWOERD (1913-2000), DUTCH CERAMIST, MODELER,
AND DELFT PAINTER.
To Delft Jewelry Signatures
signatures on many Delft medallions isn't straightforward. If there is
a signature, it may simply say 'Delfts' or 'Delfts Holland'. Any
addition is a bonus. This is especially true for the specialist
of Delft stones, such as Verwoerd, Van Katwijk, and
Olthuysen. However, even the 'Specialists' can be recognized through
the particular manner in which they have marked their Delft...
and Schoonhoven Silver Marks
Dutch assay marks have been adjusted to internationally accepted
standards, thus creating a clear division of silver items produced
before and after that event. Moreover, as Delft jewelry usually has a silver setting crafted in the Dutch city of Schoonhoven, there is valuable dating information in the Schoonhoven
silversmiths Maker's Marks...
Gouda Pottery List
The Verwoerd Ceramics Studio was certainly not the only Gouda pottery
that has been started or revived after WW2. Although most companies
have ceased to exist by now, our
section of Gouda region potteries presents an overview of over 150
companies that have been active after 1945...
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Our prime series are “The Manufacturers of Delft Cabs” and “The Delft Jewelry Collectors Guide.” We also present and discuss selected objects from the VCO museum collection. We may discuss ceramic artists from the past and the present, and share our latest insights on the history of Delft, and of Delft jewelry in particular. Join us on Facebook, and feel free to ask any questions you may have. You'll find us at facebook.com/followvco. Thank you for your support, and thank you for liking our facebook page.
Delft Jewelry - or Delft Jewellery, if you prefer the BE spelling - is the common name for costume jewelry featuring Delft medallions in a silver setting. Delft silver filigree jewelry can be seen as a marriage of Delft miniature paintings, mostly from the city of Gouda, and silver filigree from nearby Schoonhoven...
The Verwoerd Studio (1949-1976)
After WW2 Cornelis Verwoerd establishes his own ceramics workshop in Gouda by
the name of "C.Verwoerd Keramiek Atelier", and specializes in the
production of miniature Delft medallions for application in silver
jewelry, like brooches, bracelets, and pendants. His work stands out -
even in comparison with other hand painted specimens - because of its
Manufacturing Delft Medallions
How exactly are they made? Are they pottery or porcelain? Are they signed, and what does the signature tell us? All you should know about manufacturing Verwoerd Delft medallions...
Have you got a question on Delft medallions? Do you want to know if
your item is by the Verwoerd Studio? If not, does the maker feature in
our Delft Signatures Guide or in The Gouda Pottery List?
Don't hesitate to contact our helpdesk...