Hutschenreuther Porcelain is porcelain produced by the German manufacturer Hutschenreuther.
Brief History and Description
It was in 1814 that Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther set up the original Hutschenreuther porcelain company in Hohenberg, Bavaria. An employee of the Wallendorf porcelain manufactory in Lichte, he decided to go solo and solicited the services of various professionals from across the European continent to enhance his product’s quality.
He focused primarily on design and quality and the company grew into a competitive firm that produced fine dinnerware. After his death in 1845, his widow and her two sons Lorenz and Christian Hutschenreuther decided to continue the family tradition. However, in 1848, a fire destroyed most of their factory and it had to be rebuilt. It was only from 1860, that they started producing hand-painted gilded porcelains.
Lorenz Hutschenreuther expanded his business by taking over the porcelain factories at Altrohlau and Arzburg, which he took over in 1909 and 1918. By the year 1926, his company had gained wide acceptance and his porcelain works were sought after and very much in demand. Some time later, the company came to be known as Lorenz Hutschenreuther, Selb, or LHS. The company further expanded in 1969 and took on more factories.
It was during 1969, that LHS purchased the assets and took over the Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther’s 1814 company after over a century of competition. The new consolidated company continued to produce fine bone chine and porcelain figurines. During 2000, Hutschenreuther became part of the Rosenthal division of the Waterford Wedgwood Group. However, the Hutschenreuther "lion insignia" still stands as a symbol of excellence that continues to this day.
Guide for Collectors
Many of the popular Hutschenreuther’s renowned models (such as Maple Leaf, Racine, Blue Onion and Richelieu) were made during the early 20th century. Collectors should check for the Hutschenreuther insignia, the mark of the lion prior to any purchase. A lot of Hutschenreuther pieces can be found in the online marketplace, eBay.
Collectors are also advised to take note that since 2000, Hutschenreuther is a Rosenthal trademark for their porcelain and bone china. Another tip for collectors is that as there are no trade magazines for Hutschenreuther porcelain and collectors are advised to look up World Art or Antiques Journal which are usually read by the dealers as well.
Collectors should be aware that they can often buy a piece at a cheaper rate from an antique dealer rather than at an auction. Collectors are also advised to carefully look for any damages to the piece that they intend to purchase, as there are many original pieces that have suffered damages.
Notable Auction Sales
A late 19th/ early 20th century Vienna style rectangular plaque, 'funf sinnen', went for a premium price of $74,500 (against an estimate between $30,000 and $50,000) at Christie’s, New York on 20th October 2008.
Fourteen hand painted, Vienna style, cobalt blue circular portrait plates, with each plate painted with a court maiden from the early 20th century, went for a premium price of $19,200, at Christie’s 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics Auction on 11th April 2007, held at New York.
Twelve German Vienna style cabinet plates went for a premium price of $13,800 (against an estimated price between $3,000 and $5,000) at the 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Porcelain and Decorative Objects Auction at Christie’s, New York on 7th March 1996.
Two Hutschenreuther white porcelain stallions were sold for £580 at Bonhams European and American furniture and decorative arts auction at San Francisco on 7th December, 2009