Dragons at other Dutch earthenware factories
As far as we have been able to ascertain, this large Rozenburg vase from September 1896 was the first and earliest Dutch Art Nouveau object decorated with dragons. Dominicus de Ruiter started a real craze with this one! Since the autumn of 1896, more and more variations on these dragon designs appeared. When Rozenburg started manufacturing their later worldfamous eggshell porcelain in March 1899, they also used dragon decorations, even on entire coffee and teaservices, see: www.kunstmuseum.nl/en/collection
Fairly quickly, other porcelain factories started producing vases and plates with dragons. Strikingly, these were former Rozenburg painters continuing the dragon rage in other factories.
One of these painters was Chris Lanooy, who started working as a porcelain painter at Rozenburg on September 12th 1896, for over a year. Years later, around 1904, he worked as porcelain painter and designer at the Haga Purmerend factory. He designed and painted amazing dragons for Haga, and even added an extra dimension: dragons ‘captured’ under lustre glaze.
Amphora Holland Fayence factory in Oegstgeest also executed dragons captured under luste glaze. Both Roelof Sterken and Samuel Schellink started working at Amphora. Because Roelof Sterken probably started working at Amphora earlier than Schellink, around 1908, he would have given the impetus for decors with dragons. These dragons had more in common with the dragons designed by Chris Lanooy for Haga around that time.
Johannes Cornelis Heijtze and Johannes Karel Leurs left Rozenburg for the Holland Fayence factory of Jan Willem Mijnlieff as early as spring 1896. There, exuberant dragons were painted on wall plates and vases in the Rozenburg style.