Villeroy & Boch “Cadiz” was produced by the Luxembourg Faiencerie c1970 until end of 1984. It is a beautifully decorative design in blue and yellow on a white ground reminiscent of Spanish and Portuguese ceramic tiles (Azulejos)
The elegant and streamlined forms are from the “Milan” series of shapes designed by Ludwig Scherer – The shapes used with several other popular Villeroy Boch designs in this era – such as Acapulco, Izmir & Granada amongst others.
The very attractive repeat pattern in blues and yellow on white is of course another by Christiane Reuter. Christiane joined Villeroy Boch in the 1960s as their chief designer and continued there for decades – but I have been unable find out much about her work, including a comprehensive list of her designs. ( I did have a German text document about her work, sent to me by a reader of this site many years ago, but frustratingly cant now locate it)
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.