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Gin-For's Odditiques

(Ginny and Forrest Poston's Oddities and Antiques)

West German Pottery Page Two: Dümler & Breiden, ES Keramik, Gramann (Töpferei Römhild), Others

The East, West German pottery era was unlike anything seen before or since, switching from the literal explosions of World War II to the explosion of creativity compensating for decades of artistic repression and responding to anger and despair with color and whimsy. The politicians may try to tear us apart, but the artists bring us together and hold us together. Aesthetics heal almost as well as a cat's purr. Never let the politicians take it away. At Gin-For's Odditiques, we specialize in above average, harder to find East and West German pottery from companies such as Bay Keramik, Carstens, Ceramano, Dümler & Breiden, ES Keramik, Fohr, Gramann Römhild, Marzi & Remy, Otto Keramik, Ruscha, Scheurich, Silberdistel, Ü-Keramik and many others. We also try to have a clue what we're talking about. We can tell Carstens from Scheurich, and we know a hawk from a handsaw no matter which way the wind is blowing. If you love the large Blenko Glass items, consider W. German pottery floor vases as a ceramic complement to get compliments. (Cats and batteries not included.)

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Gerhold Dölz vase, signature photo, West German PotteryGerhold Dolz vase, glaze detailGerhold Dolz vase, studio potteryGerhard Dölz: This West German studio pottery vase is hand made and signed by Gerhold Dölz. The design is simple but elegant, a fine use of minimalism with excellent proportions.

Size: Height is about 7 1/2".

Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance.

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Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Paul Dresler, Grootenburg, vase, base photoPaul Dresler, Grootenburg studio vasePaul Dresler design, Grootenburg studio vaseGrootenburg, Paul Dresler: This small German vase has only a faint mark, but design, bottom, and clay all indicate that it's a Paul Dresler design from Grootenburg studio shortly before or shortly after WWII. Most of Dresler's work has a matte glaze, and the best known is the red/green copper patina color. So this vase is uncommon with a somewhat glossy glaze and the gray tones. The vase is handmade and hand decorated, as usual with the Grootenburg work. The lines in the glaze are melt fissures, which are sometimes a failed glaze, but Dresler and some others created them as an aesthetic addition to the work, bringing to mind in some ways the Japanese kintsugi approach, repairing items with gold to highlight the repairs, celebrating them rather than hiding them.

Size: Height is about 3".

Price: $50 plus shipping and insurance.

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Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Dumler and Breiden vase shape 766, mark photo, West German PotteryDumler and Breiden vase, glaze detailDumler and Breiden vase shape 766Dumler and Breiden vase shape 766Dümler and Breiden: The form and ridges on this Dümler & Breiden vase give the impression of a tree stump in keeping with the green and brown tones of the glaze. While certainly not fat lava, the glaze has a flowing quality, which is affected by the changing angles of the ridges. This vase is among the quietly impressive rank of West German pottery. Shape/size is 766/27. I'm not sure of the date but would guess circa 1975.

Price: $150 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 10".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Dumler and Breiden pitcher, mark photo, West German PotteryDumler and Breiden pitcher,  glaze detailDumler and Breiden pitcherDumler and Breiden pitcher

Dümler & Breiden: This Dümler & Breiden pitcher form has an organic feel and that touch of whimsy common to many of the better W. German pottery items. The drip glaze is a mix of browns that once again shows earthtones can be fascinating. Brown does not equal boring. The top colors are a mix of gloss and semi-gloss with a metallic quality, while the bottom is semi-matte with a lightly textured surface. The metallic aspect doesn't show up in the photos.

Price: $95 plus shipping/insurance.

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Size: Height is about 7 1/2".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Dumler and Breiden vase, mark photo, West German PotteryDumler and Breiden vase,  glaze detailDumler and Breiden vaseDumler and Breiden vaseDümler & Breiden: This Dümler & Breiden vase shows several aspects of W. German pottery, mixing the unusual "sliced" form with a softly colored lava glaze over a metallic brown. Design is by Rudolf Christmann.

Price: $75 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 8".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Dumler and Breiden vase, mark photo, West German PotteryDumler and Breiden vase,  glaze detailDumler and Breiden floor vaseDumler and Breiden floor vaseDümler & Breiden: This Dümler & Breiden floor vase looks like an ancient amphora that has spent extended time beneath the sea, which I'm fairly sure is the intent...well achieved. Color, texture, and pattern all work to create a look you can spend a lot of time getting to know. It's a huge vase, not just tall. If you have a spot that needs a commanding presence, this will fill it.

Price: $295 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 20".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Eiwa Klinker vase, mark photo, West German PotteryEiwa vase with Oslo decor,  glaze detailEiwa vase with Oslo decorEiwa vase with Oslo decorEiwa: Several companies did this type of work, including Sawa, but this one can be attributed to Eiwa based on the pattern name and just a trace of a label. The pattern is Oslo with completely hand done decoration. These items are stained rather than glaze, and some of the decoration is created by cutting back into the clay. The vase is hand thrown and probably dates to the 1950s. Vases with this type of clay are often referred to as Klinker ceramics, and you'll sometimes find that in the company name or line name.

Price: $75 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 10".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

ES Keramik vase 683, base photo, West German PotteryES Keramik shape 683,  glaze detailES Keramik shape 683ES Keramik shape 683, West German potteryES Keramik: This is one of the iconic shapes from ES Keramik, found with the shape number 683 or 883 depending on the time the jug was made. (ES changed their numbering system in the 1960s.) Based on the design, this version is probably from the late 1950s or no later than the very early 60s. The design is fully hand applied, a lot of very good work. The form is clean and sharp, suggesting it was made while the mold was still fairly new. It's simply a fine, uncommon example of a W. German pottery classic.

Price: $195 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 9".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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ES Keramik vase, base photo, West German PotteryES Keramik fat lava vase, West German potteryES Keramik West German pottery vaseES Keramik: This ES Keramik West German pottery vase features a well-proportioned rectangular form with clean lines and a white underglaze. Over that is a blue and green slightly fat lava, volcanic glaze. The result is quietly striking.

Price: $225 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 8" with a width of about 5 1/4" and depth of about 3 3/4".

Condition: very good, but there is a very small chip on one bottom corner, visible in two of the pictures....fully guaranteed.

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Fohr Vase, mark photo, West German PotteryFohr Vase with Patina glazeFohr vase with Patina glazeFohr: Patina is a a difficult luster on luster glaze, produced by Fohr for only about two years in the mid 1950s. This version features an interesting form with flattened sides and rounded shoulders. It also includes a company mark, but the Patina glaze is not easily confused with any others.

Dimensions: Height about 7 1/2" and diameter/width about 3 1/2".

Form: 321

Company/Artist: Fohr

Decor/Glaze: Patina

Estimated Date: 1955

Condition: is very good with no damage to the pottery and just a slight "burn" in the glaze.

Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance.

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Graflich vase, mark photo, West German PotteryGraflich West German pottery vase,  glaze detailGraflich vaseGraflich vase, West German potteryGraeflich: The Graflich volcanic glaze is fairly distinctive among the West German pottery companies. It's not a "cratered" glaze, and the volcanic glaze isn't the top glaze, as you often see. The deep, strong red is the top glaze over black (a common combination), but the black bubbles up through the red in various places and to various degrees with striking results.

Dimensions: Height is about 5" and diameter about 2 1/2".

Condition: excellent with no damage or repairs.....fully guaranteed.

Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance.

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Gotha Vase, mark photo, West German PotteryGotha pottery vaseGotha Keramik: This vase was made by Gotha Keramik, and I believe the gunmetal glaze was designed by Wilhelm Diebener before the war. However, the GK was added to the mark in 1948, so this particular vase was probably made shortly after the war. The vase is hand thrown.

Price: $45 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 4".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Gramann vase, mark photo, East German PotteryGramann vase,  glaze detailGramann pottery vaseGramann East German pottery vaseGramann, 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.

Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 7" with a diameter of about 4".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Gramann vase, mark photo, East German PotteryGramann vase,  glaze detailGramann pottery vaseGramann East German pottery vaseGramann, Töpferei Rüomhild: 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.

Price: $95 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 8".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Gramann vase, base photo, East German PotteryGramann vase,  glaze detailGramann pottery vaseGramann East German pottery vaseGramann, Töpferei Römhild: 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.

Price: $125 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 8".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Gramann vase, mark photo, East German PotteryGramann pottery vaseGramann East German pottery vaseGramann, 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.

Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance.

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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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Gramann vase, mark photo, East German PotteryGramann vase,  base photoGramann pottery vase, glaze detailGramann East German pottery vase, glaze detailGramann pottery vaseGramann East German pottery vaseGramann, Töpferei Römhild: 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.)

Price: $175 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 7" with a width of about 4 3/4".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Gramann vase, mark photo, East German PotteryGramann vase,  glaze detailGramann pottery vaseGramann, Töpferei Römhild: 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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Size: Height is about 9 1/4".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Gramann vase, mark photo, East German PotteryGramann vase,  glaze detailGramann pottery vaseGramann East German pottery vaseGramann, Töpferei Römhild: 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.

Price: $50 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 8 1/4".

Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Gramann vase, mark photo, East German PotteryGramann vase,  glaze detailGramann pottery vaseGramann East German pottery vaseGramann, Töpferei Römhild: 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.

Price: $75 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 8" with a diameter of about 3 3/4".

CCondition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Gramann vase, mark photo, East German PotteryGramann vase,  glaze detailGramann pottery vaseGramann East German pottery vaseGramann, Töpferei Römhild: 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.

Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 7 1/2" with a max diameter of about 3 3/8" with the handle or about 3" not counting the handle.

CCondition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Vase attributed to Heyne, base photoVase attributed to Heyne,  glaze detailVase attributed to HeyneGramann East German pottery vaseHeyne: 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.

Price: $95 plus shipping and insurance.

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Size: Height is about 8" with a diameter of about 3 3/4".

CCondition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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