I recently, when roaming eBay, came across a piece of porcelain I couldn’t help but fall in love with. It is a tall plant stand, or jardiniere, hand painted with blue flowers, and stamped ‘Hand-made by H. Bequet for Jema Holland.’ I immediately snapped it up (for the bargain price of 29 euros), and it set me off on a voyage of discovery about who Hubert Bequet was, and the Jema pottery factory based in Holland.
Hubert Bequet Ceramicist
A Belgian potter, Hubert Bequet started his career in 1926 at Auguste Mouzin et Compagnie. In 1934, Bequet started his own factory, and at its peak in the 1960’s it boasted over 150 workers. In 1978 the factory was bought by the Jema Pottery company based in Maastricht which is where the Dutch connection comes in. The factory was known as being one of the most successful at combining mass manufacture whilst maintaining a high level of creativity in the pottery that makes each piece so desirable. Not a great deal is known about Hubert Bequet’s life so I will do my best to continue researching and update what I find.
The Jema Holland porcelain factory
Working out of Maastricht, the Jema Holland factory created pieces from the 1950s to the 1980s and collaborated with Hubert Bequet to create a collection of hand painted Delftware in the famous Delft Blue. It’s these pieces that I have been seeking out in the flea markets of Düsseldorf and the surrounding areas.
More examples of H. Bequet Delftware
So as part of my mission, I headed off to the Düsseldorf flea market on a mission to find examples of Delftware and in particular anything that could tell me more about Jema Holland.
After about half and hour, I stumbled across a vase, shaped like something out of Ancient Greece but clearly mid-century, painted with blue flowers and bearing the stamp, H Bequet for Jema Holland. Jackpot!
It’s a beautiful piece and I am really happy with it!