West German Pottery: Gramann/Töpferei Römhild, and Others For Sale

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Gramann, Töpferei Römhild

Some of the later work by Gramann, Töpferei Römhild was less than inspired, but this is one of their more elegant, non-volcanic glazes featuring high gloss purple bands circling a semi-gloss black background. It's quiet but pleasing.

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This East German pottery torpedo-looking vase is from the Gramann company located in Römhild. It features an unusual coloring of their classic granite-like glaze. The bottom has the T over R mark for Töpferei Römhild. Date is circa 1960.

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This mid century modern East German pottery pitcher was made by Gramann around 1965. It features their classic marble-like volcanic glaze in a mauve shade with darker areas at the top and bottom. The pitcher is hand made and features the incised T over R mark for Töperhof Römhild. (The pottery was located in Römhild.) Gramann doesn't get enough credit as yet, but they were doing volcanic glazes before any of the larger,commercial potteries. They tend to be more subtle than most with small to tiny craters and smooth sides. Most Gramann, including this pitcher were also hand thrown, while most of the commercial potteries used molds to increase production numbers. Date on this one would likely be early to mid 1960s.

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Gramann, Töpferei Römhild: Although hand thrown, as is most Gramann, this vase is otherwise a-typical for Töpferhof Römhild (aks Töpferei Römhild) work because it's essentially a monochrome glaze, a soft, light lavender or mauve and quite soothing. The vase has a tall, strong form, given a little elegance by the slightly concave sides. The T/R mark is large, which suggests a somewhat later piece.

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Price: $50 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 10 1/2" with a width of about 5 1/4" and depth of about 3 3/4". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This is one of my favorite forms from Gramann, not an easy one to find, either. The glaze is volcanic, as typical with Gramann, a light to medium purple with soft craters plus color "flows" or veins, some with a feathery quality. It creates an impression of movement that adds an extra visual dimension to an already great work. The vase is hand made and circa 1960. (Gramann was an East German company, a reminder not to overlook the East German companies.)

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Price: $175 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 7" with a width of about 4 3/4". Condition: Excellent with no damage and no repairs. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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This Gramann vase has all the quality you'd expect from Töpferhof Römhild (aka Töpferei Römhild, Gramann), a well thrown vase with good form and an attractive glaze, but there's one surprise. That glaze is essentially a monochrome, which makes it uncommon, especially with the early mark (small size). The glaze is a dusky rose and does have gentle variation in the color, so not an absolute monochrome. The result is quite pleasing.

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This modified double gourd shaped vase is hand thrown and comes from the Gramann company in East Germany. The impressed TR mark is for Töpferei Römhild or Töperhof Römhild, either of which roughly translates to Römhild Studio. Römhild is also where the company was located, although I tend to refer to the company by the family name Gramann to avoid confusion with any other companies in the same area. The glaze on this vase is monochrome, somewhat unusual for Gramann, and the texture is a bit grainy, which I suspect is from an imperfect firing rather than intent. Still, it's a great form.

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This vase isn't marked, but the glaze and clay make it certain that it's by Gramann. While companies often copied glazes, many of the Gramann glazes are quite distinctive and difficult to imitate. Many of the glazes use volcanic techniques, often in very subtle ways, as on this vase. As with most Gramann work, this vase is hand thrown.

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Price: $75 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 6". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This cross between a bottle and pitcher was made by the East German company known as Gramann, or Töpferei Römhild, or Töpferhof Römhild (run by the Gramann family and located in Römhild). The blue on blue coloring is perhaps their most used, although the patterning seems different on this one, more random. The shape is an uncommon one, and like most Gramann work, it's hand made.

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Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 7 1/2" and diameter about 3 3/8" max with handle. Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Heyne: Based on the style, the base, and what clay is visible, this vase is attributed to Heyne Töpferei (studio). You will commonly see items like this attributed to Hoy, but that was an error in early research. Unfortunately, those early errors remain all over the internet, as hard to get rid of as weeds. (Even the Heyne attribution is just "best guess", more like Heyne work than any other but not confirmed.) It features a dark brown base glaze (over red clay) with a very strong red glaze on top. The mixture of textures is typical of W. German pottery. The vase is handmade, and although the brown glaze covers the bottom, it's a light red clay. Date is circa 1970.

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Price: $95 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 8". Condition: excellent with no damage and no repairs.

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