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Sarreguemines Pottery

by Sherri Hall-Wilcox (12/12/08).

c7b18a157036bf22bce62e201c4ea92dSarreguemines Vaisselle was established in 1748 in the city of Sarreguemines in the Northeast of France. This region was chosen for natural resources needed to produce ceramic in the 18th century such as clay, an abundant water supply and wood, which was the sole source of energy.

Beginning in the 19th century, Sarreguemines Vaisselle replaced clay with kaolin and wood with coal. Later gas replaced coal as the primary source of energy. 250 years later all of theses natural resources are found only miles from the Sarreguemines Vaisselle factory.

Following the French-German war of 1870, the Sarreguemines region was annexed to Germany and prohibitive Customs duties were imposed. Subsequently,in 1872, the factory was transferred to the city of Digoin, 250 miles southwest, in the Burgundy region. At that time due to its outstanding reputation, Sarreguemines Vaisselle kept its name and the factory has remained in Digoin ever since.

Sarreguemines Vaisselle quickly acquired fame for its quality and continuous innovation. no less than 12 gold medals were won in international competitions during the 19th century and many more since. Napoleon Bonaparte bought pieces which can still be found today at Versailles and at the Trianon.

Dating Sarreguemines Pottery by the Marks:

* A lot of the Sarreguemines pieces are clearly marked. The company has used many different marks over the centuries, which enables us to date most pieces.

* Typically you will see the word “SARREGUEMINES” either impressed or printed.

* The impressed version was in use until circa 1900. The company used the printed mark after 1900.

* Between 1870 and 1890, the impressed Sarreguemines usually also has “MAJOLICA” impressed above it.

* Many times the Sarreguemines pieces have several impressed numbers.

* The number existing of 3 or 4 figures usually refers to the model. One number between 1 and 4 refers to the size, and the last two digits refer to the production year (like 05 for 1905)

* The impressed “U & C” within an octagon stands for Utzschnieder et Company and was in use until 1890.

* From 1881 on you can find majolica marked as Sarreguemines D & V.

* Sometimes Sarreguemines pieces are marked “ESDEVE”. ESDEVE (read SDV) stands for Sarreguemines, Digoin, Vitry-le-Francois, with Digoin and Vitry being the two companies that Sarreguemines had created earlier when Sarreguemines was annexed to Germany.

* The ESDEVE mark was in use until circa 1930.

Mike Wilcox

Wilcox & Hall Appraisers

22 Responses to “Sarreguemines Pottery”

  1. rita polivka says:

    I have a great Sarreguemines pair tureen that I want to sell. It has the impressed marks… pear tureen…. If interested in pictures please email me.

  2. Mike Wilcox Mike Wilcox says:

    As Appraisers we do not offer to buy or offer to sell
    or sell on behalf of our clients.

    Mike Wilcox
    Wilcox & Hall Appraisers

  3. ThomPattie says:

    Mike has made a very good point. The service we provide is strictly to help you determine the value of items you have. In providing this service our Ethics and the Ethics of all appraisers is to value the item. Not to buy it, beware of appraisers that buy items they appraise, in most cases it does not benefit you.

  4. Lynne Grigsby says:

    Hello,

    I have a very unusual piece of Sarreguemines pottery. It is a very large vase/urn about 3 feet high and a width of about 18″ at it’s widest area. It feels kind of deco in style but has been classified as majolica. To me it looks kind of like a giant piece of enamel ware. Honestly, you would need to see a picture of it. It has big swirling sunflowers and other blue smaller branch flowers and shiny black and burgundy deco looking shapes with a matte rusty (raku looking) background and coppery/gold painted outlines. This is what makes it resemble enameled items. I bought it from a French woman who was moving back to France after divorcing her American husband. She said her father passed this down to her (in France). I bought it about 12 years ago and had to have it. I paid $1,000 for it then. It really is stunning. If you have ever heard of any other piece of Sarreguemines that is similar to this, would you let me know? I go to lots of antiques shows and look online, but have never seen or heard of anything like this piece. Thank you for your time!

  5. Lynne Knight says:

    Thank you for the great information on this pottery. I had purchased a piece at a yard sale.. YUP… not even knowing anything about this but liked the little teapot. Paid $1.00 There was a note in it that it was purchased in Marriatte Ohio. This teapot is small.. maybe one serving. Has the stamped name Sarreguemines on the bottom with the letter 18G. Is there any other information you can tell me about this piece? Would the year be 1908? No cracks or chips.. rich brown color. Love it and use it as all my antiques.

    Thanks for the help

  6. Anthony says:

    Could you please help with gaining more information on 2 Sarreguemine statues I recently acquired. They are of a man and a woman, both in striking poses as if they were moving. They are glazed in black over terra cotta clay. They both have “U & C” and the number “260″ impressed on the underside. They are both in mint condition with the exception of a little of the black finish wearing off in a few spots. Any information to help date these pieces would be a great help. Thank you!

  7. David King says:

    hELLO

    I have a very unusual piece of Sarreguemines pottery… a jug shaped and decorated to resemble a tree trunk. Not to everyone’s liking!!

    I believe it is impressed and the number is 2232 so believe it may be from 1832 – considering my grandmother knew it from childhood. It also has 3Y printed on the base.

    Can you shed any more light on the piece?

  8. Ginger says:

    Hello :) I have a set of six plates with printed Sarreguemine with the letters D.V. over it and France under that. They are 2 brown, 2 amber and 2 olive colors. The plates are sectioned into 4 sections with one section larger than the other three. I’ve kept these plates for about 15 years because I always thought they were unique. I think my mother found these at a thrift store. I’m curious when they were made and how much they’re worth. Thanks!

  9. Hello,

    I have a very unusual coffee bean holder for an antique grinder by Sarreguemines pottery, France. The woman on the picture is German or Swedish I believe and on the bottom of the picture there is a writing “Normandie” Please let me know if you would like to see the pictures. My email is merdalonka@gmail.com. Thank you so much and looking forward to hear from you.

  10. Dee Attaway says:

    I have a Bowl and Pitcher set that is the Flores by Sarreguemines It was bought in Germany in the 1970′s I am looking to see how old it is and what it would be worth. It does have a small chip out of the rim of the bowl. Any info is greatly appreciated.

  11. Mike Wilcox says:

    There is information in the article that allows you to date
    Sarreguemines pieces by the marking on the back. As far as valuations are concerned an appraiser would have to see images of the piece in question and the marking . I’d suggest using our valuation services here at worthpoint.
    https://www.worthpoint.com/askWorthologist/index

  12. maggie doyle says:

    Hello

    I wonder if you can help me and give some information on a pretty vase I have.

    It is 55cm (wiidth) x 18cm ( height ) blue with a gold trim.

    Marked underneath sarreguemines 27 90 Q in bold

    further down

    1827 (this seems to be written/carvedin by hand and could be the date? )

    Is there a website or a book giving the history and the places/stores that the pottery would have been sold to in the UK?

    Many thanks
    Kind regards
    Maggie Doyle

  13. Roger Talbot says:

    I have a large deep red plant pot, has the name indented and OA also 1663, ? any one know where I would get it valued

  14. Hilda Livingstone says:

    I have a Sarreguemines oval casserole dish made of pottery. It looks like a basket weave with a light greenish brown glaze and a yellow and red rose cover with leaves on it. The number on the bottom is 227 with an upper case D underneath. There is also a Z on the bottom and what looks like a coat of arms with 3 words that looks like Made in Germany, but is hard to read. I would love to know something about it. Thanks.

    • Vycheslav says:

      Hello. I Vyacheslav from St. Petersburg. Tell me please. Whether or not these items are a work of Sarreguemines. Help determine the time and place of manufacture.at the bottom of the 3574 227 07 1. 227 this plant? Thank you.

      • Vycheslav says:

        Hello. I Vyacheslav from St. Petersburg. Tell me please. Whether or not these items are a work of Sarreguemines. Help determine the time and place of manufacture.Thank you.At the bottom of the 3574 227 07 1. 227 this plant?

  15. Large 2 handled Blue/White oval platter tray gilt ended and scenr is a peasant mother lying down in a field holding chubby baby aloft (baby holding bunch of wild flowers man in background and chalet in foreground above is a church spire.
    Back of plate is CH then worn away but sarreguamines clearly shown under coat of arms (Brown/White)

  16. Dear Ms.Hall-Wilcox,

    For a long time in my family, we have been keeping one Sarreguemines 6 or 9 pot. Sarreguemines 6 (maybe 9) is impressed on the pot’s bottom.
    This is a cylindrical pot 11.5 cm tall and 13 cm diameter, with a lid. The outside color is brown-red “Terre carmelite” and the inside is cream-ivory coloured. The lid doesn’t fit perfectly on the pot and it has a slightly different red-brown color. On opposite sides of the cylinder there are two faces in ivory color, in Wegdwod relief style, like the older roman or greek theater masks. On the top of the lid there is an ivory coloured shield, which also has this Wegdwood ceramic relief style. This shield is escorted by two rampant lions, and in the shield, from the bottom left to the top right there is a band with ilegible inscription. I would like to send you some pictures.
    My grand-grandfather got this pot around 1910-20 when he was on an english ship board.
    Of course it has a sentimental value for me, and I want to keep it like a treasure.
    Do you know some details about this ceramic piece? How to remove the sticked dust from years?
    Thanks in advance,

    Alex

  17. Vycheslav says:

    Hello. I Vyacheslav from St. Petersburg. Tell me please. Whether or not these items are a work of Sarreguemines. Help determine the time and place of manufacture..At the bottom of the 3574 227 07 1. 227 this plant?

    What does 227? Thank you.

  18. Rebecca Cole says:

    I have a piece of sarreguemines that my 84 year old mother found in the attic of a french home we were renting in the mid 1950′s. I’ve checked several sites trying to pinpoint time of production, my piece is Marked “Regina” then the U & C mark with Sarreguemines listed under that and it’s printed in a rectangle box, all lettering is blue.

    Since I’ve not seen the “Regina” marking do you any thoughts about it’s age?

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