Is 'JM' Johann Maresch OR John Meir Pottery Mark? Backstamp Photo

by Roger Carlson

Is 'JM' Johann Maresch OR John Meir Pottery Mark? Backstamp Photo

Is 'JM' Johann Maresch OR John Meir Pottery Mark? Backstamp Photo

Is 'JM' Johann Maresch OR John Meir Pottery Mark?:- Hello! I have a decorative plate very similar to the one shown on your site.

Above is a photo of the mark, which was very well described by "Denise", and of course I have sent a picture of the front side of the plate too.

My guess is her description of the material is also good. I'm not much able to describe it since I'm Swedish and also since I just recently got interested in ceramic art beauties.

Denise wrote:-

    "Very detailed.
    The back is impressed J.M.
    The numbers 5139
    Below it also a small circle with two 3/4 circles located at the top and bottom inside the outer circle."

I would give the same description except for the number which is 5256 on my plate.

Beside John Meir J.M. initials, I have also found a J.M. for a German - Joh Maresch, under this next link.

J M Germany Pottery Marks on

Can you offer any help or give any comments on my plate?

Best wishes



Reply from Peter (admin) below - just scroll down


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Reply by Peter (admin)

To: Is 'JM' Johann Maresch OR John Meir Pottery Mark Query

Roger, may I say you are a genius!

I love it when things like this happen on this site!

You have just solved yours and Denise's query (and probably many other visitors queries) in one go.

You have also shed light on something we needed to know about about on this site - an important maker who is becoming very collectible and expensive. The mark is definitely that of Bohemian potter Johann Maresch, not Staffordshire potter John Meir.

So my sincere thanks to you and for your eye for detail (the JM mark was buried amongst 19 other pages of jumbled marks on the 'Germany' section of the website - (Aussig Joh Maresch) - such is their strange, rambling site.

It was there for me and Denise to find, but neither of us did!

That's what so fun about this site; we all learn together and share information. None of us are experts, but we can pool our little bits of individual knowledge together to become a powerful whole!

I went to the link you mentioned above and then began to research this mystery JM maker using the techniques I describe on my page called how to value antique and fine china ceramics.

It turns out that Johann Maresch is an increasingly collected maker. This JM emanated from a town called Aussig on the banks of the river Elbe in
1841 in a place that was then Eastern Bohemia, later becoming part of Germany. The town is now called Ústí nad Labemunstarred being situated in the Czech Republic, very near the border with Germany and not far from Dresden itself.

The wall plaques are an important part of their wide offering of high quality wares and can fetch good prices on ebay. At the time of writing there is a buy-it-now plaque online selling for US $279.00

The sculptural artwork from this factory is frankly stunning quality. I am now a BIG fan of these wares.

For example, I saw for sale for $1,025 USD a Terracotta Sculpture of a 'Cherub' signed Maresch C.1863-70 valued at $1,025 USD.

The RubyLane website describes this piece very well:

    "The young curly headed cherub is seated on a large rock with rocks and floral at the round base,intently studying an animal picture book with a pig pictured on one page and dog on the other. A raised "real" green lizard has crept onto one of the pages. A curved pine cone of sorts in one of his hands,his flowing robe draped across both shoulders and back. Very detailed sculpture in every aspect."

I saw some very fine examples of high quality sculptural ceramics in their ranges.

The odd thing is that they went onto become very famous for something which, here in the UK, we do not associate with high art (maybe you do in Sweden as you gave us 'The Smurfs') - the ubiquitous GARDEN GNOME!

Here is a sweet little video on the Johann Maresch factory courtesy of a quirky site dedicated to this Bohemian maker called The World of Johann Maresch:-

Originally pottery marked as B M, the company changed their incised marking later in the 19th century, C.1863 to JM (the co-founder died of TB).

I suspect collectors of garden gnomes go mad for JM gnomes. Here's an ebay example:

"Antique Johann Maresch terracotta gnome. 10½ inches tall and marked on the base JM 6763. US $ 513.00"

One story I heard was the company was eventually shut down by the communist regime because they did a sculpture of the President which he didn't like. Not sure how true that is.

As I always say, I can’t value or authenticate, but I know what I like, and I like Johann Maresch and their story, so thanks again for bringing this to light for this website.

Best regards,

Peter (admin)

p.s. 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.

Please post comments below which you think might be helpful……

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JM Pottery Mark Johann Maresh
by: Roger Carlson


Thank you for the answer.
I was for the first time in my life strolling around a fleemarket and happened to walk by this plate of Johann Maresh. It caught my eye so I just put it in my basket and payed a few swedish kronor. My second item bought for its beauty.
(The first item was a Persian carpet for "economical crises price" wich I bought this spring just because I needed to replace an old one from my parents. It's a beatuful glancy relatively sparcely decorated Mashad.)
If there will be an continuation of this new interest remains to be seen.

Roger Carlson

Johann Maresch Painters mark - artist with two small circles inside a big circle is Mûsterschutz
by: Roger

Johann Maresch Painters mark

Hello Peter !

Last autumn your site helped me find information about a plate made in terracotta.

'JM' Johann Maresch OR John Meir Pottery Mark? Backstamp Photo

Now I have found out that the artist behind the two small circles inside a big circle was Mûsterschutz, as can be seen i the foto I attach.

Best regards

Comment on Musterschutz, and follow up question
by: Roger Carlson

Hello everybody !
The name Musterschutz om JM objects comes along not only with the two small circles inside a slightly larger circle mark, but also with other mark.

The follow up question is:
First, I understand JM stands for maker/"factory"
Then, is Musterschutz the artist/designer ? I belive it must be.
And at last. Could the little mark/sign that comes along represent the sculptor or moulder or perhaps painter of specific object ?

Mustershutz JM
by: Anonymous

I am in possession of a wall plaque with the Mustershutz signature and sign (a circle within a circle) and wondered if it is the same as the one being discussed here?

Does anyone know where I can go to find out its value or put it up for auction?

Any advice would be appreciated.


Joan from Canada


The forum Help Elf says:-

For general free advice on how to research your collection, Peter wrote this page:

value of antiques.

Follow the links from there.


by: Anonymous

I have 2 objects JM original, 92 and 95 cm.
more information

JM 221
by: Rui Pereira

I have two antique vases (black with oriental decoration) with the mark JM 221 below, but there isn´t any other mark next JM. Can anyone tell me if this is probably a Johann Maresch work?

by: John

Don`t get carried away trying to thing of meanings for the word `musterschutz` because all it means is that the style or pattern is protected - it means something akin to `copyright`.

Terracotta NEW
by: Anonymous

"Did J M use this clay because what i have researched they use exclusively IRON STONE ?"

"anyone know"?? "Please"! "Many terracotta Tobacco figure humidors are being represented has this factory"! and sold has such.

"Any Terracotta Austrian Humidor Knowledgeable Collector out there ???.

Jm pottery
by: Anne from Norway

I’ve got one too
It is a relieff , and on the back number JM 5256
I would like to post a picture, but I don’manage

Maresch and Bloch factories near Dresden NEW
by: Roger

Some years ago I came to think that maybe new factories, close to Dresden, in mid 19th attracted arists from the Meissen factory?

Also been thinking that Carl Thieme about 1900 moved his factory Saxische Porzellan Manufacture from Potchapel into Dresden itself with the understanding that there were availible artists?

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