This maker is a bit of a mystery. While it has a name and cypher, the maker remains unidentified as yet.
The piece was with a number of known Danish pottery items I purchased at auction late last year.
The large stoneware slab formed vessel is quite large with a iron rich brown glaze.
The paper label says “Knudsdatter Stentøj, Made in Denmark” but I havent been able to find anything about this potter or pottery.
I haven’t found any images online from the maker either – which seems a bit odd given the printed label and cypher which some planning and thought has gone into.
Zeuthen Keramik was founded in 1946 at Gentofte, near Copenhagen, by Normann Zeuthen. It traded under the named Zeuthen Keramik from 1948. The workshop employed around 10-15 people at its peak. Some of the known potters who spent some time there in the apprenticeship system in its early years were Ady Kroyer and Birte Vedel Howard who both went on to have successful careers as potters in Denmark.
Zeuthen pottery has become well known for its functional and domestic works in red clay decorated with motifs of flowers, stars, dots and other decorative motifs in white raised glaze or slip trailed glaze on the unglazed smooth red clay. Going by the amount of Zeuthen work still available online and in antique stores their output was very high….and very popular to this day.
Pieces from Zuethen are simply signed “Zuethen Denmark” in blue to the base. Sometimes you might find a printed paper label as well.
I haven’t been able to find a date for when the pottery ceased operating – any help with this appreciated.
Edith Nielsen was the primary designer at Zeuthen responsible for this distinctive style which became the Zeuthen style.
Zeuthen Denmark, Large Vase
I was interested to read about an important exhibition coming up first thing in 2018 featuring the work of one of my favourite Danish Potters of the 20th Century – Gutte Eriksen.
The Clay Museum in Denmark has an exhibition running 17th January to 27th May 2018 celebrating the work of Gutte, who would have been 100 years old in 2018. A summary of the exhibition translated From the Clay Museum website: Read more