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This CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOF handle vase from the 1960's features a eye-catching orange, black, gray, and white glaze applied in free-form, horizontal stripes.

CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOF was founded by Ernst Carstens and his son Christian in 1946.  The family had had a long history of manufacturing ceramics and porcelain in Germany, but by the end of WWII the businesses had all collapsed; most of the factories were expropriated by the DDR.  Father and son built the new Tönnieshof factory on a farm of that name in Fredelsloh in Lower Saxony.  Production of table ceramics started in 1947; the first known decorative pieces date from the early 50's.  Ernst's wife Trude Carstens served as artistic director until her death in 1965.

CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOFF was very successful, producing a wide range of shapes and glazes.  The Luxus and Atelier ranges were more expensive lines and sold in large department stores—the latter, launched in 1962, was created by Gerda Heuckeroth.  Helmut Scholtis introduced the very successful Ankara decor in 1963 during his tenure with CARSTSENS; an example of the 'wax resist' technique, it was used on many forms.  Lava glazes were also employed during the second half of the 60's.  Its distinguished roster of designers also included Heinz Siery, Rudolph Christmann, and Dieter Peter.  CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOF went bankrupt in 1977.

Production Period – 1960-1969

Country of Origin – WEST GERMANY


Attribution – MARKED

Materials – CERAMIC


Condition – VERY GOOD (no defects; may show slight traces of use)

Height (cm) – 30.0

Diameter (cm) – 22.0

Quantity Available – 1