Villeroy And Boch Ceramics
Villeroy & Boch ceramics are items produced by Villeroy & Boch, a renowned ceramic manufacturer headquartered in Mettlach, Germany.
History & Description
The company’s history began in 1748 when François Boch set up a pottery company in the small French village of Audun le Tiche. In the next fifty years the Jean François Boch Company would move to Luxembourg and then establish another factory in Mettlach.
In order to survive in the competitive European ceramic market, on April 14th 1836, the company merged with its main competitor, owned by Nicolas Villeroy and the Villeroy & Boch company was born. Over the next century Villeroy & Boch developed into one of the world’s leading high-quality manufacturers of ceramic products.
Guide for collectors
Villeroy & Boch have produced a variety of ceramic products, ranging from beer tankards to dinnerware, figurines to egg cups and floor tiles to decorative vases.
Instances of antique Villeroy & Boch ceramics sold at auction are quite common and prices generally tend to range between $300 and $1,000. However, in the past, items have sold for several thousand dollars.
Notable auction sales
On September 3rd 2004 at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, a rare Hires root beer syrup dispenser, made by Villeroy & Boch, realised a price of $38,500.
On May 11th 2007 at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, an early Hires root beer stoneware and pewter tankard, made by Villeroy & Boch, circa 1900, realised a price of $20,000.
On May 6th 2003 at Christie’s in Amsterdam, an extensive Villeroy & Boch Septfontaines-Luxembourg creamware dinner service, made between 1786 and 1812, realised a price of €35,850.
On February 16th 2005 at Christie’s in Amsterdam, an extensive Villeroy & Boch Septfontaines-Luxembourg creamware dinner service, made between 1786 and 1812, realised a price of €19,200.
On June 6th 2006 at Sotheby’s in London, a rare Villeroy & Boch terracotta figure of a classical muse realised a price of £17,400.