1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish

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1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish
1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish
1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish
1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish
1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish
1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish
1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish
1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish
1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish
1960s Dutch Pieter Groeneveldt Travertin / Brutalist Blue Lava and Crackle Glaze Ceramic Dish

THE ITEM

Presenting a beautifully creative studio pottery piece by the renowned Dutch artist and ceramist Pieter Groeneveldt.

This piece bears Groeneveldt's signature Travertijn (Travertin) effect of a roughened surface wiped with a dark glaze, creating a stony, wood-like Travertin-effect. The Travertijn effect was introduced in the Netherlands by Groeneveldt during the 1960s. 

The exterior decor is a blue Quartz-like fat lava glaze that flows over the Travertijn effect. The interior decor is of a a Sienna base overlaid with Chartreuse gloss glaze and finished with a thick layer of smooth crackled glass. 

CONDITION

Excellent. No chips or scratches, please see photos as part of condition report. The base is inscribed with Pieter Groeneveldt's 'PG MADE IN HOLLAND' stamp and the number '723'.  

MEASUREMENTS
c. 2.2" / 5.5 cm tall x c. 5.3" / 13.5 cm in rim diameter  
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.6 kg / 642 g

NOTES
Ceramic will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.

A BIT OF HISTORY
Born 1889, Groeneveldt was a Dutch artist and ceramist who was active during the greater part of the 20th century. After finishing the Arts State School in Amsterdam around 1914, the young Groeneveldt developed a broad range of skills including painting and sculpting. However, ceramics attracted his attention the most and it is through ceramic that Groeneveldt famous.

Many ceramists of the time were part of a modern art movement which abandoned figurative designs and decoration and instead brought forth strong emotive effects created by glazes in various colours and textures. Much of his earlier work shows very subtle variations in colour caused by different layers of glaze put over one another.

During the 1960s, mass-produced pottery from Western Germany and other countries flushed the market and in 1972, after a drawn-out struggle, Groeneveldt's Voorschoten workshop succumbed to financial difficulties.

However, Groeneveldt remained artistically active until the very end of his life, continuing to produce ceramic works at home. Groeneveldt died in 1982, at the age of 93.