Crown Pottery Mark Over a Cursive "D" on Figurines

by Ira Cutting

Crown Pottery Mark Over a Cursive

Crown Pottery Mark Over a Cursive





Crown Pottery Mark Over a Cursive "D" on Figurines Query:- Dear Peter, Can you help me identify these figurines and their approximate value? The mark is a crown over a cursive "D" and the inscription reads, "Original Germany."

They were unfortunately damaged in a move.

Thank you!

Ira Cutting

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Reply by Peter (admin)

To Crown Pottery Mark Over a Cursive "D" on Figurines Query

Dear Ira

Thanks for you query and photos. This crown cursive D pottery mark is confusing. It has been, some say, wrongly attributed to Martha Budich - a maker of modern Dresden type figurines (see my separate entry on her). However, I have it on good authority (www.porcelainmarksandmore.com) that the black “Crown D Original Dresden” mark that you uploaded is the mark of Karl-Heinz Klette.

This manufacturer was founded 1950 by Karl-Heinz Klette in Küps, Bavaria, Germany. Karl Klette's unit was very small and he specialized in decorated wares in the style of Dresden - the reason for the 'D' in the mark. Your marks dates from after about 1962.

Associated with Franz Sieber in Rudolstadt (Thuringia) later to become Gisela Keilhauer (still producing today) in that they were registered at the same address, both used a crown with a cursive 'D' (but slightly different) and both also created fine china lace figurines. Sieber were at their most prolific in the 20s and 30s. In soviet occupied East Germany, the factory was going to be nationalized in 1949, but Franz Sieber escaped to the west and settled in Küps, Bavaria, Germany.

I do not know the precise history but today there seems to be a connection through from Franz Sieber, originally of Rudolstadt (Thuringia) through to Gisela Keilhauer of Küps, Bavaria, Germany, via Karl-Heinz Klette who, if you examine the registration, seem to own the modern factory of Gisela Keilhauer.

It is a pity they got damaged. These factories are fascinating to collectors because they form an interesting part of European history - albeit modern not antique, and there is a lot of hand work from a small manufacturing unit to be taken into consideration.

With regard to valuations, the following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-

Researching the identity and value of antique and vintage fine china.

Best regards,

Peter (admin)

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I have a very similar piece.
by: Anonymous

I have a very similar piece to this, but the bottom is in gold color not black, does this make a difference?

Crown Pottery Mark Over a Cursive "D" on Figurines
by: Anonymous

On the picture you say black lettering, what is it if is is blue like it shows what would it be?

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A note about this and the previous commentator by Help Elf:-

These "D" for Dresden crown mark shown above refers to the Karl-Heinz Klette decorating studio and associated post-war (after 1950) makers. Read the main entry on this page for details.

The colour of the mark has no significance to my knowledge.

The big picture of the market is these little studios here and in Thuringia were set up post-war to cater for what was left of the export of Dresden lace type wares following the almost complete destruction of this production by the allied bombing.

These were small businesses and as yet I have not seen any examples of any real quality, but I remain open to any correction on that.

H.E.

CROWN MARK OVER CURSIVE D
by: KELLYO

I HAVE A COUPLE OF STATUES WITH THIS MARK THAT MY AUNT GOT WHEN SHE LIVED IN GERMANY. IM LOOKING TO SELL THEM, BUT NO ONE COULD TELL ME ABOUT THIS MARK. THANK YOU ... NOW MAYBE I CAN FIND WHAT THEY ARE WORTH. IM VERY SICK THATS WHY I MUST SELL..KELLYO

Cursive D with 7 point crown
by: Elena Baker

We were a US Army military family, and we purchased several pieces while stationed in Wertheim. We would drive to the Dresden seconds store. There were some small flaws, but beautiful pieces just the same. Most have been destroyed in moves and by our children. I have a pair of candle holders with roses at the base, which have the cursive D and a crown with 7 points. Do you feel that could be the flaw? Also, I have a pair of smokey grey with tulip shaped tops, which are very tall candle holders with a cursive R marking. I believed them to be Rosenthal, but was told they were not. I need to have one repaired. They are so beautiful. Any suggestions on who can do such delicate work? Thanks love your blog.

Karl-Heinz Klette of Küps D mark
by: Peter (admin)

Just a reminder (see my original reply) that this mark is the Karl-Heinz Klette of Küps crown D mark. His firm was started in the 1950's - probably to satisfy the demand from the US servicemen. This mark is from the 1960's.

Other makers also used a similar crown D mark.

Can't really comment on the cursive R mark without seeing it, apart from to say there is a lot of sleuthing to be done on this area as Meissen had a cursive mark which looked like an 'R' but was in fact 'AR' - this was copied by various minor factories, for example Helena Wolfsohn.

Also other makers had marks which were 'TR' with the old cursive 'T' which looks like a 'J' and is then intertwined with the 'R' to look like a cursive 'R'.

On the subject of repairs, there is a very useful but little known website which list reparers all over the world:-

www.antiquerestorers.com

Peter (admin)



Angels
by: Anonymous

I have a set of what appear to be porcelain angels with a cursive d and a crown and say original Germany. . They are numbered and there are four what appear to be curved pieces maybe vases. The theme seems to be fire and harvest. Can you tell me about them

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