Very rare Carstens/Goldscheider ball vase in a black and white relief pattern; the interior glaze is canary yellow.  These do not show up often, and when they do there is usually damage.  This one is perfect and even retains its original label!  The prolific Goldscheider Porcelain Manufactory and Majolica Factory was founded in Vienna in 1885 by Friedrich Goldscheider.  His family emigrated to England in 1938, fleeing the Nazis.  Eldest son Walter went on to launch his own successful company, Goldscheider-U.S.A., in Trenton, New Jersey, but in 1950 he returned to Vienna to revive the family firm.  It was shuttered three years later; worldwide use of the Goldscheider name was sold to CARSTENS, who would use it until 1963.

CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOF was founded in 1946 by Ernst Carstens and his son Christian.  Their family had had a long prior history of manufacturing ceramics and porcelain in Germany, but all of its businesses had collapsed by the end of WWII.  Most of the CARSTENS factories wound up on East German soil when the country was divided and so were expropriated by the DDR.  Father and son built the new Tönnieshof factory on a farm of that name in Fredelsloh in Lower Saxony, just west of the border with East Germany.  Production of table ceramics began in 1947; the first known decorative pieces date from the early '50s.  Ernst's wife Trude Carstens served as artistic director until her death in 1965.

CARSTENS TÖNNIESHOF was very successful for many years and produced an enormous variety of shapes and glazes.  The 'Luxus' and 'Atelier' ranges were more expensive lines and they sold in large department stores—'Atelier,' launched in 1962, was the creation of renowned designer Gerda Heuckeroth.  Helmut Scholtis introduced the very popular 'Ankara' décor in 1963 during a stint with CARSTENS; an example of the "wax resist" technique, it was applied to a broad array of forms.  Lava glazes were employed during the second half of the 1960s.  Production was eventually expanded abroad to Austria, Chile, Argentina, and Australia—it may well have topped out at close to 10,000 items daily.  Other distinguished designers on CARSTENS' roster included Heinz Siery, Rudolph Christmann, and Dieter Peter.  The firm went bankrupt in 1977.

Production Period – 1950-1959

Country of Origin – WEST GERMANY


Attribution – WELL-KNOWN

Materials – CERAMIC


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

Height (cm) – 12.0

Diameter (cm) – 12.0

Quantity Available – 0