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Do you own anything that looks like this gorgeous demitasse coffee service set? The set sold for $134 in May 2018.

Do you recognize the maker of this gorgeous demitasse coffee service set?  This particular set that includes 19 pieces, all with beautiful gold encrusted scalloped edges, was made by Hutschenreuther.  The original Hutschenreuther company was founded by Carl Magnus Hutschenreutherin 1814. Our Worthopedia has over 40,000 listings for Hutschenreuther.  Read all about the history of this porcelain company and take your knowledge of porcelain collectibles to the next level. 

History

The Lorenz Hutschenreuther and C. M. Hutschenreuther companies were two totally independent companies until their merger in 1969.

Carl Magnus Hutschenreuther (1794-1845) established Hutschenreuther AG, a German porcelain decorating factory in Hohenberg on der Eger, Bavaria, in 1814.  Unsatisfied with just decorating, Hutschenreuther yearned to produced his own porcelain wares.  After an eight-year struggle with the Bavarian government, which opposed competition to The Royal Manufactory at Nymphemburg, Hutschenreuther finally received the necessary permission in 1822.

Hutschenreuther was responsible for bringing porcelain to the common man and was a pioneer of the modern German china industry.  Hurschenreuther recruited artists, craftsmen, and sculptors from other European potteries.

Upon his death in 1845, his widow Johanna carried on his work with the help of her two grown sons, Christian and Lorenz.  A major fired destroyed the factory in 1848.  It was quickly rebuilt.

Blue Onion is one of the popular patterns. This particular plate sold for $14.95 in 2016.

In 1857, Lorenz struck out on his own to establish the first porcelain factor in Ludwigsmühle (mill of Ludwig), which later became the town of Selb, known as the City of Porcelain.  Lorenz’s company became Hutschenruether Selb.  Lorenz focused on dinnerware and partnered with Haviland and Wedgwood.

The Bauscher Brothers Porcelain Factory and the Tischenreuth Porcelain Factory of Weiden were added in 1927.  A year later, The Konigszeit Porcelain was acquired.

C. M. Hutschenreuther also expanded during these years, acquiring a porcelain factory in Arzberg in 1880 and factories in Bohemia, Selesia, and Saxonia in the early 1900s. These factories were lost when Germany was divided after World War II.

Revere White is also a popular pattern. This sugar bowl sold for $29.95 in 2007.

In 1969, Lorenz Hutschenreuther purchased C. M. Hutschenreuther and created Huttschreuther AG.  In early 1971, Hutschenreuther AG acquired a 50 percent interest in the Portuguese factory Sociedade de Porelanas Limitada in Coimbra.  In 1972, Hutschenreuther merged with Porcelain Factory Kahla AG of Schonwald.  This merger brough Kahla’s two crude ceramics factories into the business, along with the well-known trademarks Arzberg and Schonwald.

In the late 1990s, Hutschenreuthr AG comprised 15 production sites with a workforce of over 6,00 employees.  The company continues to produce dinnerware, ornaments, and sculptures.

In 2000, Hutschenreuther became part of the Rosenthal Division of the Wedgwood Group.  Rosenthal continues to use Hutschenreuther’s trademark.

This set of 4 stunning Hutschenreuther Royal Selb Bavaria dinner/service plates with yellow 22kt gold accents sold for $199 in March 2018.

What to Look For

Most collectors focus on pieces produced at Hutschenreuther Selb as opposed to products from C. M. Hutschenreuther.

Dinnerware purchasers are individuals seeking to replace broken pieces or enhancing an inherited dinnerware set.  Hutschenreuther Selb’s most popular patterns include Blue Onion (1930), Maple Leaf (1940), Racine (1900), Revere, and Richelieu (1929).

Sculptures are also popular collectibles. This squirrel figurine sold for $81 in 2011.

Hutschenreuther Selb sculptures are desirable.  More recent Rosenthal/Hutschenreuther sculptures, especially those which are artist designed can command strong prices because they have stood the test of time on the secondary market.

Modern collectibles such as limited edition plates and ornaments have only modest collector interest.

Check to see if a dinnerware pattern or sculpture still is in production before buying it on the secondary market.

Marks

C. M. Hutschenreuther

A C.M. Hutschenreuther mark–a crown with cross on top of a shield.

Crown with cross above shield with “C” and “H” over “HR”, flanked on left by 1814 and on right by 1914,  script“Hutschenreuther / Hohenberg” beneath.

Oval enclosing crown with cross over shield with “CM,” flanked on left by “18” and on right by “14,” over “Aelteste / Hustchenreuther / HOHENBERG,” with “GERMANY” in arch below circle.  Multiple variations exist.

Lorenz Hutschenreuther, Selb

A Selb Hutschenreuther mark.

“LHR” monogram [Reverse “L to left, center line for crossbar of “H) above script “Hutschenreuther” with line from “r” extending back to form to part of “S” in “Selb”.

Oval inside of which is left facing, walking lion silhouette above line and “1814” below, beneath oval is “HUSTSCHENREUTHER / GERMANY”.  The lion in an oval logo appears in multiple marks.

HK” combined monogram in oval above which is arched “HUTSCHENREUTHER” and below which is reversed arched “GERMANY”.

Lorenz Hutschenreuther Selb also developed separate marks for its acquisitions, for example Azberg and Müller.  The same is true for the Hutschenreuther Group.

For a detailed list of marks, see link.


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