The Art Deco Ceramics of Wil de Boed  


About Wil de Boed and his collection

About Wil de Boed, collector of abstract art deco airbrush decorated ceramics:
tart dishes, mugs and mantel clocks

Although he lives in the Netherlands, his collection of ceramics with abstract, art deco airbrush decorations started in Belgium. Approximately in the year 1989 he bought his first tart dish, for about 2.5 euros, in the small Belgian village of Stockay.

As things go with collectors, he got hungry for more. These days he owns over 400 tart dishes Most of them are of German origin with a minority from eastern Europe countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia. He has now expanded his collection and owns also about 60 mugs and 30 mantel clocks.

About abstract art deco airbrush ceramic tart dishes, mugs and mantel clocks


Several factories did not always use their own brand in the production process. When an important customer, for instance a company of department stores, bought many pieces, it could have its own stamp on the bottom of the ceramics. Such was the case with the Stamps GEHA and ROBO, that were probably produced at De Sphinx in Maastricht, the Netherlands. In Germany at least Paetsch has also produced ceramics under the brand-stamp WIDO. Possibly export was another reason to change names. Presumably also some metalwork factories have placed their stamps on ceramics like tart dishes and cake boxes that they equipped with metal grips.

Conduct of business

Not only the decorations are modern by the present-day standards, the conduct of business was so in some respects as well. Just like these days there were fusions and take-overs in the thirties. As an example Petrus Regout from Maastricht merged with De Sphinx. There are stamps known on which both companies are stated. Afterwards it is only De Sphinx. In Germany Staffel was overtaken by Colditz AG.


Anyway, the form and the decoration will of course always be the most important. Many cake dishes and mugs still look modern and up to date these days. Partially this has to do with the at the time futuristic decorations. Beyond that the form is sort of neutral as opposed to some other ceramic products like certain clocks with vases. When suddenly art deco became in fashion, ceramics factories did not find it hard to actualise decorations thanks to the airbrush techniques. Producing different ceramic forms though, was of course much more expensive. And that in certain cases has lead to the most beautiful cubistic decorations on ‘Baroque’ or ‘Rococo’ like earthenware forms.


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