The history of Carl Schumann Porcelain begins in the town of Arzberg which is located in Bavaria, Germany. In the early 19th century, kaolin was discovered in a region slightly to the north of Arzberg. At that time, this region of northern Bavaria was one of only a few areas in which large quantities of kaolin could be found. Thus began the industrialization of the area as porcelain factories started popping up in the region.
Heinrich Schumann founded the second porcelain factory in the town of Arzberg in 1876. By 1879, however, that factory had to close because its buildings were in the way of the railway that was being built. This railway served to connect Arzberg to other areas of Germany.
The new Schumann porcelain factory began manufacturing its own porcelain blanks. In 1932, Christoph's son, Carl, took over the running of the porcelain factory. At a later date, of which no record seems to exists, the Carl Schumann porcelain factory was transferred into a limited company. The Carl Schumann porcelain factory acquired the Porcelain Factory Colditz, located in Colditz, Germany. It ceased to do business as a porcelain factory in 1996.
|The Carl Schumann Porcelain factory specialized in producing coffee and tea sets, gift items, and decorative porcelain, as well as dinnerware porcelain. The items manufactured by the Schumann porcelain factory tended to exhibit vibrantly colorful decorations with distinct Dresden influences.|
|Some of the best known examples of Schumann porcelain are the
lines that seemed to replicate both the high quality of the more well
known Dresden porcelain as well as the Rocco revival style of decoration
*This cup is the Forget me not pattern.
The Rocco revival style of art emerged in the 18th century as artists put aside their desires for equally balanced decorations and, instead, focused on more fluid and colorful patterns of decoration. The artisans employed by Carl Schumann porcelain focused on creating lines of dinnerware with lots of brightly colored fruit, flowers and nuts These decorations were offset by the milky white, almost translucence of the high quality porcelain that the factory used.
Some of the more popular lines of Carl Schumann porcelain include “Chateau” and “Empress.” These are also some the more highly desired pieces among collectors of Carl Schumann porcelain.
I've used some different Schumann patterns HERE, HERE, HERE, and a favorite HERE. See Cherry Kay's beautiful table HERE.
I'm waiting on some Mint Julep cups to arrive and linking up to Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish! Come on over and let's party a bit. OOh, another party - Susan's Tablescape Thursday.. see you there!