Super ART DECO DITMAR URBACH CZECH LOSTRO 'BIRDS' JUG

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  • Sold Date: Oct 26,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction
Super ART DECO DITMAR URBACH CZECH LOSTRO 'BIRDS' JUG

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This wonderful old art deco jug or pitcher was made by the firm of Ditmar Urbach in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. The jug has the round-bellied shape, the free-flowing hand-painted decor, the exaggerated styling of the spout and the curlicue handle so typical of Ditmar Urbach. The decoration however is not typical - this is a rare design from Ditmar Urbach - a fabulous frieze of coy birds (geese? flamingos?) peeping out from their wings, in unlikely red, green and blue plumage, runs all the way around the pot. The Ditmar Urbach factory brought out a wide range of these wares in the thirties, most decorated in the folk art designs of the region. This style of jug came in a range of sizes, and this is a medium one, a one litre version marked with the Lostro stamp. For a lovely range of similar Ditmar Urbach pieces, look at the fascinating South Coast Antiques website.

Ditmar Urbach

The pottery of Ditmar-Urbach AG, in Trnovany , Czechoslovakia , (originally Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia , Austria ) was founded in 1882 by the Urbach brothers and named at that time Bros Urbach . In 1912 it was taken over by the Imperially and Royally Privileged Wilhemsberg Earthenware Factory in Wilhelmsberg, Austria, owned by Richard Lichtenstern, who also owned the Rudolf Ditmar Heirs factory in Znojmo, Czechoslovakia (then Znaim, Moravia, Austria). At some point, the Urbach and Ditmar factories were combined to create one entity. In 1913 the company was bought by Triptis AG in Triptis, but in 1919 Triptis AG was dissolved and the former owner Richard Lichtenstern bought back the company. Lichtenstern maintained ownership, but split the factories to create two companies, Ditmar-Urbach AG and Wilhelmsberger Earthenware Factory Richard Lichtenstern & Co. In 1938 it was confiscated by the Nazis and became Ostmark-Ceramics AG , and the factory was subsequently nationalized in 1945.

(With thanks to Ginni's Bohemian and Czech pottery marks website. )

Details, condition, marks and spec...

The jug measures 17 cm/6.75" tall by about 18 cm/7" from handle to lip. It weighs 556 gms/1lb 3.6oz unwrapped, and I estimate the final packaged weight at 1100 gms. The jug is marked with the stamped Registered Czechoslovakia Hand-painted, an impressed Lostro and 1 Ltr (1 litre size), and an L. It is in excellent condition, with just a couple of tiny chips on the edge of the base, which are barely noticeable and do not detract. T are no other chips, cracks or other damage at all, and the decoration is in very good order, with just the blue showing some wear, and I suspect some slight restoration of the blue near the top of the handle (see photos).

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(NB: The International prices below are based on shipping costs to anyw in the USA or Australia ; Europe would be cheaper. The figures include insurance up to the value of $68/£34.)

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