Ado Ko Verzuu big orange green tilt truck Holland 1948






Jacobus (Ko) Verzuu

Netherlands 1901 – 1971
Construction supervisor, toy designer

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Very nice large toy tilt truck designed by Ko Verzuu and made by ADO Holland in 1948. Ado means Arbeid door onvolwaardigen, translated; labour by incapacitated, which makes this an even more special piece with character and history. Toys by Ado are being highly collected at the moment, most probably because of their characteristic appearance and ability to adapt in any collectors home or interior.


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 truck, handmade and hand painted in orange and green with white rubber wheels, in very good fully original condition. De Bijenkorf for example, sold a lot of Ado furniture in the 30s-60s. Ado toys have a great charm because of their played look and original age wear but this one is very well kept. This car is in a nice condition with a nice played with patina but no big damages or losses. Would be an amazing addition to any interior or collection.

Designer: Ko Verzuu
Type: Tilt truck
Manufacturer: ADO
Year: 1948
Country: Holland
Materials: Wood, metal, rubber
Condition: Good
Height: 16 cm
Width: 48 cm
Depth: 17 cm
Item nr: MID

Holland / Belgium: € Free
Europe: € 50 - 75
Outside Europe: € 125 - 250

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