Posted 4 years ago
How many times have I said to myself "Don't buy anything with chips, Kev!"? Useless advice to oneself. Is there a term for this type of behaviour? Anyhow, I gave in and paid a few dollars for this box ..... because it interested me. The design interests me still. I love boxes too!
Boxes are the stuff of hoarders.
You can hide things within!
It's being used to hide some keys.
Keys that unlock other boxes full of treasures.
I think this was originally a tobacco jar or maybe a butter box.
German Steinware interests me. Blue and white (no ...... it's grey). Westerwald. There are some wonderful sites to help one with the Stein information. The symbol was not one that immediately leapt to mind but it took me no more than five minutes to find here:
The symbol is a stylised potter's wheel.
"A trapezoidal, "no text", version of the impressed stylised potter's wheel, used from 1879 - 1964"
Design number: 2852
That's a wide period of time so in order to come up with a date I'm asking for your input.
I like the finial handle.
It is very Deco to my eye.
I'm thinking late twenties, early thirties.
School of Powolny?
Looking for input here too!
Here's the tease on the net:
Marzi & Remy.
Rheinstraße 19-25 & 60, Höhr, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia. (now Höhr-Grenzhausen, Rhineland-Palatinate).
Steinzeugwarenfabrik und Zinngiesserei / Stoneware manufacturer and pewterer.
The factory was founded in 1879, but was was first licenced on the 1st January 1880, by Anton Marzi & his brother in law Simon Peter Remy (b.29 6.1835 - d.24.1.1919). Gustav Thinwiebel joined from the beginning as a modeller. A pewter foundry was added in 1881. Initially they produced only blue-grey salt glazed stoneware, but in 1883 started to successfully produce cream stoneware, "Elfenbeinsteinzeug". About this time they were employing about a hundred workers, but in 1907 to 1910 saw a period of strikes and recession. In 1924, following the death of A.Marzi, his son in law, Johann Otto Bühler took over management and also the ownership of the company when S.P.Remy's son, Werner (b.16.11.1889) left the company in 1931. The company was not exempt from the recession of the 1930's and suffered greatly. J.O.Bühler's son Otto took over in 1941, followed by his grandson, Otto George Bühler in 1953. Under his management the old round ovens were replaced by tunnel ovens which replaced batch production with continuous production. During this time Marzi & Remy enjoyed being part of the "German economic miracle". However this was not to last and the company was sold to S.P.Gerz in 1994.
The following designers either designed the pottery for Marzi & Remy, or put their decoration on standard pieces.
Peter Behrens, (Johann Wilhelm) Karl Görig, Theodor Otto Hahn, Carl Moos, Albin Camillo Müller, Otto Ludwig Naegele, Paul Neu, Franz Ringer, August Roeseler, Theodor Schmidt, Emanuel von Seidl, Gustav Thinwiebel, Henry Clemens van de Velde, Paul Wynand, Bruno Mauder, Richard Riemerschmid and Karl Goerig have all been mentioned.