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A rare MAREI KERAMIK watering jug or pitcher vase with a beautiful purple and violet fat-lava glaze dripping over a beige ground in a dairy-cow pattern.  The low-flow spout makes it ideal for bonsai trees and succulents.

MAREI KERAMIK was founded by Jean Fuss and his son in 1948 when Fuss and longtime partner Josef Emons dissolved Fuss & Emons following WWII.  (The latter established ES Keramik, aka Emons & Söhne, concurrently with his two sons.)  MAREI is an abreviation of the company's full legal name, MAjolikafabrik RhEInbach Jean Fuss & Söhn.  Fuss's son tragically died in an accident three years after the firm's formation.

As had been the case at Fuss & Emons, the focus of MAREI's initial production program was flower pots and vases with simple surface designs.  However in 1957, daughter Hildegard Fuss would join the family business along with her husband Wolfgang Bruchhausen—the latter would soon take over management of the company—and shortly thereafter the well-known designer Bodo Mans was recruited for a limited engagement to enrich the product line.  When Mans left a year later he was succeeded for a time by Walter Weiland who would later move on to Fohr Keramik where he rose to head of design in 1962.

At one time it was generally assumed that MAREI had been a fairly small company whose output peaked in the 1950s.  However inventory research has revealed that it was rather a manufacturing powerhouse and that it produced some of its best work in later decades.  Catalog discoveries have credited to MAREI many pieces previously ascribed to Roth Keramik.  (The work of historians has been confounded by MAREI's practice of reusing both form numbers and glaze names through the years.)

MAREI's most important design work dates to the 60s and 70s and is represented by decorative, vitrified vases, jugs, and wall tiles, much of which offer resemblances to the products of Keto, Ruscha, and Roth.  Their most iconic designs include the Penguin Vase and the Chimney Vase series.  The MAREI brand would survive until 2016 when the firm closed its doors.

Production Period – 1970-1979

Country of Origin – WEST GERMANY

Maker – MAREI

Attribution – MARKED

Materials – CERAMIC


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

Height (cm) – 21.0

Diameter (cm) – 10.0

Quantity Available – 1