Ado toy shop Ko Verzuu Holland 1932

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Jacobus (Ko) Verzuu


Utrecht 1901 – 1971
Construction supervisor, toy designer


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Very nice and rare wooden toy shop model 882, designed by Ko Verzuu for Ado Holland in the 1932.  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 colourful yellow, red and blue hand painted toy shop. Super rare and hard to find shop, manufactured for the exclusive department store Metz & Co. The shop defines the colours and shape of de Stijl period. It was not so nicely painted but since this was all hand work, the can be sometimes. The shop 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! Unmarked, this shop is from the early production even before they started marking the pieces. A very good and nice looking future investment.

Designer: Jacobus (Ko) Verzuu
Manufacturer Ko Verzuu
Type Ado / Metz & Co
Condition Toy shop
Height: 21 cm
Width: 34 cm
Depth: 34 cm

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