Utrecht 1901 – 1971
Construction supervisor, toy designer
Very nice decorative wooden toy truck ‘Expeditie’ (expedition) model 941, designed by Ko Verzuu for Ado Holland in the 1939. Ado means Arbeid door onvolwaardigen, translated; labor by incapacitated, which makes this an even more special piece. Toys by Ado are being highly collected at the moment, even more than ever cause this is very decorative combined with 1950s furniture from all countries!
Jacobus Johannes Josephus (Ko) Verzuu, a former construction supervisor from Utrecht, led the ADO workshops. He had delved into architecture and art and developed a strong preference for the abstract lines and bright colours, which can also be found in the followers of De Stijl group from the 1920s, followed by Piet Mondriaan, Theo van Doesburg, Vilmos Huszár, Bart van de Leck, J.J.P Oud, Gerrit Rietveld and more. This group of architects and artists was active between 1917 and the early 1930s. They made abstract art, architecture and furniture in the primary colours red, blue and yellow. The dollhouse furniture by Verzuu is strongly inspired by the clean lines and the colours used by the architect Gerrit Rietveld.
Very nice rare early small truck in orange painted wood, with green metal wheels and rubber tires. All handmade and hand painted. This is a very nice truck, little expedition from 1939. The truck is in good but played condition with a nice patina. I think the patina makes this a very nice piece with aging to it. Would look highly decorative as this can be used in numerous positions everywhere! Marked with the metal ado plate on the front. A very good and nice looking future investment.
|Jacobus (Ko) Verzuu