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Post by Zijperspace November 15th 2012, 9:14 am

I've been looking around for West German sgraffito for a while, but it's very hard to find. Finally, yesterday, I found this vase in a thrift store.
It's made with red clay. Check.
They used sgraffito technique. Check.
And I seem to have seen something like it somewhere online. No check yet. No marks either.
Can somebody help me? I don't think it's Eiwa or Sawa. That's why I guessed Wekara.
I could be totally wrong off course...
Height is 25 cm. Diameter bottom is 10,5 cm.

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Post by vhb64 November 15th 2012, 4:34 pm

Westerwald but Wekara is wrong indeed. WEKARA =Wilhelm Krumeich at Ransbach were probably the most important wholesaler in the Westerwald. They distributed
ceramics of Marzi&Remy and many other companies, e.g. AKRU, Knodgen (Ilkra) and very likely Sawa and Eiwa. Evidence from Wekara catalogs and other sources was confirmed by witnesses at Höhr recently.

Having said that the question remains who dunnit ---- possibly for WEKARA.
I have some ideas but no solution yet.

The decoration techniques were traditionally called "Red" (flat incised or deeply cut, Sgraffito) and "Knibis" (impressed).





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Post by NaomiM November 15th 2012, 5:36 pm

My first thought was Dumler & Breiden, because of the sgraffito work.

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Post by vhb64 November 15th 2012, 5:53 pm

D&B ? I would have expected D&B markings on the base then.
This vase is much more traditional than D&B in the 50s and 60s. Tendrils are very old pattern in the Westerwald, traceable in the early 18th century.



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Post by Zijperspace November 15th 2012, 10:01 pm

Thank you again, Volker, for the information you're providing. I hope you realize that the more information you give on the different vases/subjects, the more I stay interested in West German pottery. It's like a secret world unfolding itself. Very fascinating. Also because it gives the vases I already like an extra 'life'. Thx.
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Post by NaomiM November 15th 2012, 11:08 pm

vhb64 wrote:D&B ? I would have expected D&B markings on the base then.
This vase is much more traditional than D&B in the 50s and 60s. Tendrils are very old pattern in the Westerwald, traceable in the early 18th century.


But isn't Westerwald stuff mainly stoneware?
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Post by NaomiM November 15th 2012, 11:12 pm

Also has similarities to this piece:

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t9364-picked-up-this-db-piece-the-other-day-just-sharing

And some D&B pieces has a similar red clay base.

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Post by dantheman November 16th 2012, 11:58 am

I thought D&B as soon as I saw it but I would never challange Volker on WGP

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Post by Kincardine November 16th 2012, 12:49 pm

D&B had a very particular way of marking.
The following are D&B..showing typical markings for their red clay pieces.


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Post by Zijperspace December 5th 2012, 8:43 pm

Alright, time to bump again. But only because I found another version of the vase I already showed you. Slightly different, but not much.
Here's her big sister:

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Post by Kincardine December 6th 2012, 12:06 am

Show the sister's bottom?
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Post by Zijperspace December 6th 2012, 12:12 am

Don't bother. It looks the same as little brother. Otherwise I would have shown you. :-)
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Post by vhb64 February 13th 2015, 1:13 pm

EIWA pretty sure but no definite proof
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