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Shepherd with Pan Flute/German Bisque Spill Vase/Porzellanfabrik Unger, Schneider & Cie /Circa 1879 -1886

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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Picked this up at Volunteer's this morning. It's not to everyone's taste but I like it. It's a 9" German bisque spill vase or tinder holder. It can be used as a regular vase I suppose but it's technically a spill vase. I figured he's a shepherd with his pan flute. Most likely one of a pair to set on a fireplace mantel. It's clearly marked with the Unger, Schneider & Cie impressed mark. A G with double arrows through it and the letters DEP followed by the numbers 8877 underneath. Found all the info on PM&M's website (Porcelain Marks and More). It's in great condition too ! -Mike-

    Porzellanfabrik Unger, Schneider & Cie.
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    Based on a ducal concession, the businessman Carl Schneider (who had worked at the Wallendorf factory for some time) together with modelling artist Karl Unger and businessman Hermann Hutschenreuther founded their business in 1859. As Hutschenreuther was a sleeping partner, his name does not appear in the company name until 1885.
    At first the company only produced tableware, miniature sets for children and a few kitchen utensils, mostly decorated in the cobalt blue 'Zwiebel-' and 'Strohblumenmuster' styles which sometimes included gilding. But unlike many other facilities they did not simply copy existing designs but rather used their own creativity and started with export fairly early, which was soon rewarded as the first international award was received 1875 at the Exposición Internacional de Chile (Santiago World Fair). The success also showed a problem as the first marks that had been used looked similar to the marks used earlier by the factory in Gießhübel.
    This lead to the introduction of the first mark that actually was used continuously, the impressed and uncrowned 'G' mark with the double-headed arrow which was used from 1875 onwards. Following the increasing popularity due to further awards during the Exposition Universelle (Paris World Fair) in 1878 it was decided to have the mark officially registered. The registration was filed on March 3rd 1879 at the Herzogliches Landgericht Gräfenthal (Ducal District Court) and the first items showing the mark carrying the 'Dep.' addition were seen at the World Fair 1879 in Sydney, where the company yet again received an award for their products.

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 9 years ago
      Nice Pics Mike!!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 years ago
      Thanks Rose :) I actually took them over again because the first ones were a bit blurry.
    3. antiquerose antiquerose, 9 years ago
      Do you have a close up button on your camera? A little flower icon.....??
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 years ago
      No... just zoom and it doesn't help at all. I use my old phone camera because it's less hassle than memory cards from a dedicated camera and their software. Transferring pictures to the computer is quick via USB just drag from the phone to my desktop.
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      I really do suggest to use the a reg camera because for the simple fact , You can get better quality pictures on a reg camera versus a cell phone camera. and you only have to put sd card into the computure tower and they load up much quicker. as well.
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 years ago
      My desktop computer is really old (8 yrs.) Sean and running XP (still) it doesn't have any SD slots. Now my laptop does and it has Windows 7 but I use that mostly to run music programs for my keyboards and newer games. I never use it for daily work and browsing. Even that's 4 years old already. Maybe if I had a garage sale and got rid of some of the things I post I could buy a new computer and
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      LOL!!! Mikelv85!!!
    8. AmberRose AmberRose, 9 years ago
      Nice find! A romantic piece
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 years ago
      Thanks Amber :)
    10. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 8 years ago
      I really was amused by these saving money devices. Compliments. FromWikipedia
      A spill vase was usually kept on the mantel piece and was filled with rolled paper tapers or very thin wood sticks, called spill. Spill was used to transfer fire from the fireplace to candles, lamps, a pipe or a cigar. Commercial matches, which first surfaced in England during the 1820s, were a relatively expensive commodity until the late 19th century, and spill was therefore a more cost effective solution. From 1860-65 there was a huge transitional period in the evolution of lighting and accessories. Later, with the spread of electricity, spill vases gradually became redundant, as people relied less on fire for lighting.
    11. RussTenale RussTenale, 8 years ago
      Mike ... Was this valuable ?
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Not so much Russ maybe fifty to a hundred especially if you have a pair. Mine probably had a young lady calling to him as he's listening to something.
    13. RussTenale RussTenale, 8 years ago
      Ok, thanks :) I asked because I just picked a piano baby with the same mark.

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