Plateelbakkerij Ram (1921 – 1969) Arnhem-based Dutch Ceramics

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Bowl with marbled decor made by Plateelbakkerij Ram
Bowl with marbled decor made by Plateelbakkerij Ram

Plateelbakkerij Ram (1921 – 1969) was an Arnhem-based Dutch ceramics company.

Ram was founded in 1921 to produce high-quality ceramic bodies. At Ram 1921โ€”25, Thomas A.C. Colenbrander was the designer for whom the company was established at the age of 80. Ram wares were sold at exhibition auctions as art rather than craft.

A faience urn with lid, Plateelbakkerij Ram in Arnhem, 1920s/30s.
A faience urn with lid, Plateelbakkerij Ram in Arnhem, 1920s/30s.

N. Henri van Lerven, an art dealer and designer, and F. Mansveld worked with oxide paints from 1924 to 1935. H.J. Jansen van Galen, a sculptor and artist, created several designs for Ram. Ram’s products included Colenbrander ceramics and very hard-bodied utility glazes. Mansveld, who left in 1927, oversaw Colenbrander’s designs after 1925. Van Lerven designed most of the items from then on; a highly efficient artist, he used single-stroke designs of stripes for utility ware and a broad brush in a watercolour effect created by oxide paint for ornamental wares. He used decalcomania and zilva dรฉcor and silver and gold intarsia-like flowers on blue and dark black after 1931. Ram Plateelbakkerij closed permanently in 1969.

Vase, Colenbrander, ca.1920 made by Plateelbakkerij Ram
Vase, Colenbrander, ca.1920 made by Plateelbakkerij Ram

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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