The porcelain manufacture Fürstenberg looks back on a long past full of tradition.
On 11 January 1747, in a letter to his Master of the Hunt, Duke Carl I of Brunswick ordered that they should apply “all possible diligence and effort“ at the Fürstenberg hunting lodge to manufacture porcelain there.
1750 - Acceptable bisque was successfully fired for the first time from the three components of quartz, feldspar, and kaolin. In 1753, the duke decreed that the porcelain pieces should be imprinted with a blue “F.”
1757/58 - Fürstenberg becomes the artistic mecca of its time. A second facility was opened in 1756 for coloured paintwork in Brunswick. It succeeded in engaging famous painters such as Pascha J.F. Weitsch who characterized the contemporary art scene. Around 1780, Fürstenberg vases and potpourris were true best sellers.
As the only manufactory, in addition to KPM, Fürstenberg was allowed to operate a sales office in Berlin, despite the import ban on "foreign" porcelain to Prussia. The Frenchman Louis Victor Gerverot, who henceforth took over the management of the factory bought "red wine, butter, and cheese for all the workers" in 1797.
During the “French era,” Fürstenberg became a “manufacture royale.” 19th
century From 1840 to 1850, a comprehensive collection of collectable cups was developed; old forms were maintained and new ones develop.
In 1859, the duke’s factory was leased to private individuals, and was finally converted in 1888 into a stock corporation 20th
century 1904 - the factory introduced, for the first time, a service series, with tableware, coffee, and tea sets were designed in the same model.
The demand for "Fürstenberg art,” increased resulting in the the establishment of an external painting facility in Dresden in 1906. A flood in 1923 ruined the kilns and destroyed many tons of briquettes.
The production was restricted significantly.
With inflation, the sales collapsed so far that the porcelain factory had to close temporarily in 1926.
With rising export figures, particularly in the United States (including to Tiffany), the losses could be compensated somewhat at the end of the twenties. Specialities of the factory included accessories in the Art Déco style vases, boxes, writing utensils, etc.
In the 1930s, the Fürstenberg porcelain factory was among the few manufactories that consistently implemented a radical break in design towards substantive functionality in particular in the design of their porcelain. The "Form 639" by Wilhelm Wagenfeld was recognised in 1937 at the Paris World Exhibition with a gold medal.
At the same time, two vases according to designs of the ceramist Siegfried Möller were accepted in the collection of the "deutsche Warenkunde." The post-war period ensured a long-lasting boom.
People had enormous pent-up demand and the "white gold" became more and more popular. Fürstenberg took the leap into modernity with its move towards new objectivity. Today
Fürstenberg wins the tender for the official gift of the Expo 2000. The country representatives will receive an Expo Bowl and leave their handprint in porcelain at the "Wall of Fame," which is currently on display at the museum in the Fürstenberg castle.
2003 is a year of prizes: the five-part QI set of bowls by the Korean, Kap-Sun Hwang, received the "red dot: best of the best" for highest design quality.
In addition, the gift article series TWIST won the “Design Plus Award 2003.” In 2004, the two-volume history "the Porcelain Manufacturer Fürstenberg" by the former curator Dr. Beatrix Freifrau von Wolff Metternich was published.
In 2006, it cooperated with Sieger design and developed the brand Sieger by Fürstenberg. At the same time, a realignment of the traditional brand took place, which manifested itself in the modernisation of product lines and a redesign of the corporate identity. On the occasion of 260-year anniversary in 2007, Fürstenberg relaunched the 1952 service "Fürstin" though a perfect shape, extraordinary, delicate shards, pure white, and decors, accents in tableware design. The Italian architect Carlo Dal Bianco created a new form in 2009 that combines classic elements with contemporary influences. The decors of Oro and Este, as well as arts in purist white can be combined as needed. Luxurious, modern, internationally-oriented - this is how the porcelain manufacturer Fürstenberg presented itself at the beginning of its anniversary year in 2010 “300 years of European porcelain.”
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