Who Is the Maker of This Pottery Mark? {Editor says: "Carstens of Tönnieshof"}

by Sandee

Who Is the Maker of This Pottery Mark? {Editor says:

Who Is the Maker of This Pottery Mark? {Editor says:

Who Is the Maker of This Pottery Mark? {Editor says: "Carstens of Tönnieshof"}:- I have a vase that is gold in color with an aqua type stripey-looking glaze over that. On the bottom there is what looks to be 2 houses next to each other with either an upside down letter "P" or a c with a line through it. Under that, the number 472 and under that, the number 25. Do you have any idea of the maker? looks to be USA made.

I would greatly appreciate the help.

Thank you -



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Reply by Peter (admin)

to the 'Who Is the Maker of This Pottery Mark? Query:

Nice query from Sandee on the mystery pot. Thanks.

Hi Sandee

Glad you dropped by. Hope you are enjoying the site and finding it useful.

I can help with your query. I can safely say your mark is the 'double house' pottery mark of German makers Carstens Toennieshof (Tönnieshof).

The firm 'Carstens of Tönnieshof', were apparently founded 1945 in the city of Freden an der Leine in the province of Lower Saxony in the former "West Germany". They were producing wares until 1984.

However, records show that brothers Christian & Ernst Carstens were big players in the German ceramics industry in the early part of the 20th Century, owning many different factories between them, making everything from sanitary wares to fine figurines. Records show them purchasing a factory as early as 1900 (the earthenware factory Magdeburg Steingutfabrik).

The wares of the later Carstens of Tönnieshof plant was distinctive in that it used mainly terracotta clay and often impressed or molded their marks leaving a raised edge.

The mark you describe as an upside-down "D" is, in fact, their "TC mark". Depending upon the space at the bottom of the item, they than added "W.-GERMANY" or "W.-GERM." Some pieces are marked - "Austria", denoting their Austrian factory.

Some pieces were not marked. Gerda Heuckeroth designs were not usually marked, for reasons unknown to me.

Other designers they worked with were Trude Carstens, Heinz Siery, and Dieter Peter. Their collections were given names such as "Atelier", "Luxus", and "Boutique".

You can explore more by going to my China Replacement page and following the instructions on how to search for more information on a particular line and also how to get a feeling for 'value' of your pot.

I hope you are pleased with your positive id of your pot.

Best regards

Peter (admin)

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Carstens Tönnieshof
by: Kevin Graham

Hi Admin

The Atelier series pieces designed by Gerda Heuckeroth for Carstens Tönnieshof most likely were
worked on in her Hamburg Studio in 1963. Earlier Atelier pieces by GH carried no form numbers, later pieces 1966/67 had form numbers added.

Kind Regards Kevin Graham
(Author From Spritzdecor to Fat Lava, West & East German Marks and Form numbers Volume 1 & Volume 2)

Peter (admin) says:-

Thank you Kevin. What a pleasure and a privilege to have your comments.

Similar mark
by: Karen

I also have one with 2 houses but a side-ways "G" underneath. Also says "Germa. 7356-05". There is something before "Germa." but I can't tell what it is.

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