A very tall tapered vase with a flared lip and a geometric abstract decor in shades of blue, white, brown, and black from VEB Haldensleben, previously Carstens Uffrecht.

VEB HALDENSLEBEN was a state-owned, East German ceramics factory in the Saxon town of Haldensleben.  It was organized in 1945 with the nationalization of the Carstens Uffrecht plant that followed the division of Germany at the end of WWII.  (Carstens Uffrecht had had its own origins with the Carstens family's purchase in 1924 of the porcelain workshop set up by Jacob Uffrecht in Haldensleben in 1845.)  Carstens lost practically all of its holdings with the establishment of the DDR; the family fled west where brothers Christian and Ernst founded Carstens Tönnieshof on a farm of that name near the village of Freden, not far from the East German border.  (VEB is an abbreviation of the phrase Volkseigener Betrieb, or People's Factory.)

HALDENSLEBEN focused primarily on the manufacture of vases.  Its output tended to be of superior quality.  Many of the décors show similarities to those of the company VEB Strehla Keramik.  Metallic glazes are often included; the colors are generally more subdued than those of contemporaneous West German products.  When Germany was reunited in 1990, the factory was returned to Carstens family hands and renamed Carstens Keramik Rheinsberg.

HALDENSLEBEN used both white and brown clays, depending on availability.  Often, though not always, the bottoms of vases were marked with the company's logo—a shallow dish superimposed over the letter 'H' inside a circle.  The form number typically has four digits and is sometimes followed by (or appears above) a single letter.  For a time HALDENSLEBEN put gold-colored stickers on its products with its logo printed in red.  Not unusually for an East German concern, little is recorded about the designers who were employed.

Manufacturer VEB Haldensleben
Design Period 1960 to 1969
Production Period 1960 to 1969
Country of Manufacture Germany
Identifying Marks This piece has been attributed based on archival documentation, such as vintage catalogs, designer records, or other literature sources
Style Vintage, Mid-Century, Minimalist, Modernist
Detailed Condition Excellent — This vintage piece is in near original condition. It may show minimal traces of use and/or have slight restorations.
Product Code
Materials Ceramic
Color Blue, white, brown, black
Width 4.0 inch
Depth 4.0 inch
Height 12.8 inch
Quantity Available – 0