1970s Dutch Mobach, Joke (Johanna) Stroes Studio Pottery Stoneware Abstract Jug Vase - Signed

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Vintage Dutch 70's Mobach Joke (Johanna) Stroes Studio Pottery Stoneware Abstract Jug Vase - Signed
Vintage Dutch 70's Mobach Joke (Johanna) Stroes Studio Pottery Stoneware Abstract Jug Vase - Signed
Vintage Dutch 70's Mobach Joke (Johanna) Stroes Studio Pottery Stoneware Abstract Jug Vase - Signed
Vintage Dutch 70's Mobach Joke (Johanna) Stroes Studio Pottery Stoneware Abstract Jug Vase - Signed
Vintage Dutch 70's Mobach Joke (Johanna) Stroes Studio Pottery Stoneware Abstract Jug Vase - Signed
Vintage Dutch 70's Mobach Joke (Johanna) Stroes Studio Pottery Stoneware Abstract Jug Vase - Signed

THE ITEM
This piece of Dutch pottery is simply beautiful, that is - the simplistic form may mislead you into overlooking it but there is a deeper beauty to it in the detail. The neat beak of the jug and abstract nub of where the handle should be is in a lightly glossed and mottled coffee brown stoneware glaze.

Overlaid on the stoneware glaze at the 'belly' of the vase, are the bands of cinnamon and dark chocolate brown, and dark teal. The abstract sgrafitto decor on the bands are elegantly balanced and diagonal, and personally, I also feel they resemble the profiles of horses heads.

Look again, and you'll see the shape of the 'ear' on each head as it curves towards right along the top of the glaze bands and as each stroke comes downwards, this forms the forehead and then the bridge of the horses nose . The other sweeping downward brush strokes from the right to left on each 'head' is the mane.

A simple looking piece of ceramic that has more beauty than initially meets the eye.

CONDITION

Mint, no chips, cracks, or scratches - please see photos as part of condition report. Base bears Joke Stroes inscribed initials and 'Mobach'.

MEASUREMENTS
c. 6" / 15 cm tall x c. 3.5" / 9 cm diameter (across base of vase)

Unpackaged weight: c. 0.3 kg / 317 g

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

A BIT OF HISTORY
MOBACH is the grand family of Dutch ceramics. In one form or another the Mobach family has been involved in ceramics for eight generations. The Mobachs were a family of weavers who suffered greatly during the economic depression of the French occupation of Holland (1795-1813). Jaan Pieter Mobach (1766-1826) was forced to abandon his trade and obtained work with the Kremer family, who produced ceramic pipes and roof tiles, as well as utilitarian kitchenware.

For three generations the Mobachs worked for the Kremer family, rising to the top management. In 1884, Jaan Pieters Mobach (1826-1898) had a falling out with the Kremer family and founded Mobach Pottenbakker in Bolsward. In 1895 the family ceramics business was moved to Utrecht. The eighth generation, Kasper Mobach (b 1961), continues the family tradition today.

Joke Stroes was born in 1942 in Nieuwegein (NL), she joined Mobach pottery in Utrecht in October of 1966, where she worked as a turner, designer and ceramist. Joke Stroes died on July 4, 2010. Her well known work includes the Celadon collection and also the Rainbow series.