History & Description
Hutschenreuther products relate to two porcelain companies run by the same family during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Founded in 1814 by Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther in Hohenberg an der Eger, Germany, the first company produced a range of ceramic products, ranging from figurines to dinnerware. From 1860, the company started production of hand-painted gilded porcelains.
Carolus Magnus’ son, Lorenz, established another porcelain factory in Selb in 1857. The factory expanded rapidly and was renamed Porzellanfabriken Lorenz Hutschenreuther AG Selb.
In 1969, the two companies, C.M. Hutschenreuther of Hohenberg and Porzellanfabriken Lorenz Hutschenreuther AG Selb merged.
Guide for collectors
Hutschenreuther figurines can be purchased from both national and international auction houses. At present, the highest price achieved for a Hutschenreuther figurine is €3,600 when a dancing figurine, designed by Theo A. Vos, was sold through Christie’s in Amsterdam on November 22nd 2006.
Due to their delicate structure, there are many original pieces that have been damaged. When possible, collectors should carefully inspect any prospective purchases for missing parts, dents or blemishes.
Collectors are also advised to check for the Hutschenreuther insignia, the mark of a lion, which is usually located at the bottom of the piece.
Notable auction sales
On November 20th 2010 at Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, North Carolina, a Hutschenreuther porcelain figurine of a bald-headed eagle realised a price of $1,500.
On October 2nd 2003 at Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, North Carolina, a Hutschenreuther porcelain bird group figurine realised a price of $900.
On May 25th 2008 at JK Galleries Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida, a pair of Hutschenreuther porcelain hunting figurines, circa 1920, realised a price of $950.
On January 29th 2006 at Myers Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida, an Art Deco Hutschenreuther porcelain nude woman figurine, circa 1920s, realised a price of $850.