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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Someone must have cleaned out a little German grandmother's house because all these wonderful pieces were in the showcase at Salvation today. I could not believe the condition of these pieces. Not a single nick, chip, crack, or glue spot on any of these. The flamingos are my favorite. So delicate and graceful and sooo breakable. Yet they are perfect ! The Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) is rather large. I have a Dalmation one by Wein Keramos that is much smaller. The dog figurines by this company seem to be quite valuable and collectible. The Sierndorf bowl is a nice piece too. Tiny little flowers accent the edges . The interior glaze has an interesting brown marble effect while the bottom is bright yellow. I believe this is a Wilhelm Thomasch piece. I found the website but it's all in German. There isn't much info about either one of these companies except that they're Austrian and produced ceramics from the 1920's through the 50's.
    I had to leave one vase behind by Waechtersbach. It was a nice teardrop shape turquoise mid-century design with incised decoration, but my budget forced me to choose. Maybe it will still be there next week on sale. I know for sure these would have been gone. I wanted something special for my 800th post and I couldn't ask for more ! -Mike-

    KERAMOS: WIENER KUNST-KERAMIK und PORZELLANMANUFAKTUR AG, was a Viennese art pottery ceramic and porcelain manufacture founded 1910 by several disabled ex-service man, supportived financially by the State Austria and later converted to a public limited company lead by the Director Otto Köller and Rudof Wolf und Heinrich Wolf. The company was located in the famous Hofburg building, Scharze Adlerstiege; the manufacture was located in 10th district of Vienna, Schleiergasse 17. In 1932 the company engaged more than 50 employees and they took over a large assortment of models by the sculptor Eduard Klablena and several designs of the Wiener Werkstaette / Wiener Werkstätte.
    The company manufactured luxury items, Faiences, Majolica (figurines, animal sculptures, lamps, vases and trinket boxes) and was represented the the Art Exhibition in Paris in 1925 (silver medal prize).

    Thomasch /Sierndorf History
    Courtesy of tomasch.imagevideo-wien

    Wilhelm Thomasch created pieces in the 1920's in Goldscheider with artists such as Dakon, Knörlein, Larroux, Lavergne, Lorenzl, Podany, Schramm, including the now coveted collector's items of wall masks, dancers, animals, children, etc., until in 1926 he independently accquired an existing pottery in Sierndorf, Lower Austria.
    In addition to vases, bowls and pots traditionally produced Thomasch created in Sierndorf figural objects which still bear witness to the great artistic sense of the Master.
    After the end of the 2nd World War Thomasch expanded in 1950. With up to 60 employees Thomasch was one of the largest employers in the region.
    Wilhelm died in 1965. His wife Anna Thomasch, her son Herwig and brother Franz Wöginger led the operation until 1970 . With the retirement of Mrs. Thomasch the business was closed.

    The site has images of pieces similar to my bowl although they are handled baskets, the glazes and the floral modeling are almost identical.

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks petey :) ...that was fast I had barely pushed the Save
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      your a very lucky man!!!! stunning!!!! wait until Kevin see these!!!
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean :) ...and don't I know it. I bet there's more of this collection still in the production room. They don't process donation over the weekend though.
    4. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Don't let the cats near them!

      I just love that bowl and can't believe that the little flowers are undamaged.
      Done so well again Mike!
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Karen :) Oh. I won't as I have to keep them packed away.No place to put them at the moment, but I got a nice box with a lid for them when I bought them. So they're safe and sound.
    6. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 6 years ago
      You always seem to be in the right place and time. Nice score! They're beautiful! Happy 800th!
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much Ken :)
    8. maryh1956 maryh1956, 6 years ago
      It’s confusing because WIEN actually means Vienna in German so there are many different makers with that word somewhere within their mark. The famous Ernst Wahliss has WIEN in a shield on some of his pieces from Alexandra Pottery.
      Your pieces were made by Keramos in Vienna, operated by Wolf & Co. Your particular mark was in use from the 1920’s
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thank you maryh1956 for all the great information ! :)
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Found the flamingos in a German Ebay auction :)
    11. maryh1956 maryh1956, 6 years ago
      Where did you get the info on Sierndorf and figure out who it was made by?
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Lot's of searching Mary.I saw a bowl close to mine online and followed the trail. It was sheer luck. The site was in German so I had to use Google's translator and then edit the English because the translation was a bit wonky. Here's the link to the site the picture gallery has similar pieces to mine that are in private collections. His figurines and masks are his real forte but the vases and bowls are his too or at least his studio. -Mike-
    13. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Great information, thanks for sharing, mikelv. Love the flamingos, and that dog is absolutely wonderful. Nice acquisition, and congrats on a superb 800! :)
    14. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Katherine :) ... I try my best to inform. So many of these pieces are a mystery and I do love a good mystery !
    15. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      I love more when the mysteries are solved. maryh is great at it, as are the rest of the experts. :)

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