H E Roodenburg (1895-1987) was a popular and well known Dutch Graphic Artist who became known for his cityscapes of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Gorinchem and Utrecht.
In the 1960s Villeroy and Boch released a large breakfast service featuring Roodenburg’s black-and-white etchings of Amsterdam’s canals and buildings known as ‘Het Grachtenservies’ (‘The Canals of Amsterdam’).
The parchment white of the porcelain used really highlights the charming etchings which are different on each piece, and an incredible amount of detail is visible in each drawing. They are fascinating pieces to hold and study while being used.
Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam – Coffee Cups (originally with saucers). Photo Ray Garrod
Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam – Coffee Pot – Photo Ray Garrod
Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam – Photo Ray Garrod
Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam – Sugar Bowl – Photo Ray Garrod
This bold and striking Middle Eastern influenced pattern with its lovely stylised floral elements and gorgeous blues and turquoise is Villeroy & Boch’s “Izmir”. It was produced between 1973-1975.
I have been unable to find who designed the pattern, but the design is on the “Milano” shapes, designed by Ludwig Scherer. This series of elegant, uncomplicated forms were used for a number of designs by Villeroy Boch between the 1960s -1990s including “Scarlett”, “Cadiz”, “Granada” and or course “Acapulco” and more.
Villeroy Boch Izmir
Villeroy Boch Izmir
Villeroy Boch Izmir – Image via Scandiwegians Etsy
Villeroy Boch Izmir – Image via NordicVintageNL Etsy
Interestingly there was a re-iteration of the design which was produced by Villeroy & Boch 1994-2002.
Villeroy Boch Acapulco
“Acapulco” released by Villeroy & Boch in 1967 is one the brightest and most colourful dinnerware patterns of the 20th Century, and is still highly popular on the secondary market. The design was in production until 1994.
It inspired many look alike designs by other companies riding on its popularity.
This colourful and now iconic design was created by Christiane Reuter – said to be inspired by paintings she saw on a visit to Mexico.
Large Villeroy Boch Acapulco Platter
The body or forms the design is on is called “Milano” , designed by Ludwig Scherer, and these forms were used for a number of designs by Villeroy Boch between the 1960s -1990s including “Scarlett”, “Cadiz” and “Granada”. “Scarlett” was designed by Reuter, but I can not find a list of other designs she produced for V&B during this period.
Acapulco Casserole Detail
Acapulco Setting at an Auction
Villeroy Boch, Acapulco Teapot
Acapulco Egg Cups
The blue backstamp on Acapulco is from the early years, and the brown backstamp from the 1980s until production ceased. Given its huge popularity, the design was re-worked and released on new forms, and altered designs c2000 as “New Wave” . The term “dishwasher safe” was added in 1992, and Read more