The Dutch porcelain factory Haagsche Plateelfabriek Rozenburg, established in 1883, became one of the most famous manufactories producing Art Nouveau porcelain. The rise of the company to the heights of popularity began when Jurriaan Kok became artistic director.
At the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900, Rozenburg tableware made a splash, taking the prestigious first place. The production of such porcelain continued until 2014 and ceased with the outbreak of the First World War.
In 1899, the young Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, accompanied by Queen Mother Emma, visited the Rozenburg factory. During a tour of the factory, they gazed with admiration at a collection of brand-new eggshell china ready to be shipped to Paris for the 1900 World’s Fair. At the end of their visit, the distinguished guests signed Rosenburg’s guest book using an eggshell porcelain inkwell of the same model, but painted with chrysanthemums by Samuel Schellinck. That historic inkwell was donated by Artistic Director of Rosenburg Jurian Kok to the Municipal Museum of The Hague with a letter stating that it was the first piece of new porcelain used for its intended purpose.