Westraven Luigi Amati wall plaque



ceramic wall plaque – ca. 1965

‘De Architect’

Westraven Utrecht

design by Luigi Amanti (Italy)

not marked

height 11.4 inch, wide 9.5 inch

in good condition  


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Westraven (faience- en tegelfabriek). In 1844 the brothers Huibert and Hendrik Ravesteyn started making hand-painted tiles in Utrecht under the name Ravesteyn. In 1906 the factory was taken over by Frederik des Tombe. Shortly afterwards, a pottery department was also started with utility pottery with the name ‘Pottery Rembrandt Utrecht’. The factory went bankrupt in 1917, but the management continued with a small number of employees under the name ‘Faïence- en Tegelfabriek Westraven’. In the late 1930s, the artist Cris Agterberg designed more expensive and decorative pottery. In the 1950s, the potter Leendert Blok, together with the manager Karel Antoon Bazuine, brought about innovation in the pottery with the characteristic Chanoir pottery. In 1963, Westraven was taken over by De Porceleyne Fles in Delft, where traditional painting ceased in 1994 and under the name Westraven only tiles were produced with transfer technology. (source: Wikipedia)

Luigi Amati (Italië 1940 – ), sculptor, illustrator, ceramic designer and draftsman. Education at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma from 1954 to 1960. Working in the Netherlands since 1965. He designs wall-sized reliefs for the Westraven ceramics factory, and for Westraven he also designed a series of professional tiles, inspired by the well-known craft prints by Jan Luyken.

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