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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The dish on Schumann Dresden

And old love - Schumann Dresden. Did you know that there are several lines in the Dresden line? The older version does not have the scalloped rim, rather it's straight. And then there is one with a reticulated edge, one with swags and one with wreaths.  They all mix well. They all make me smile. Below is a history of the Schumann Porzellan Fabrik, taken from HERE.

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.

Heinrich's son, Christoph, established a new Schumann porcelain factory in 1881, It was located in the town center beside the market square. Schumann porcelain was also located beside the railroad tracks that forced the closure of his father's factory a few years earlier..That factory was later inherited by his son and it became Carl Schumann Porcelain.

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.
Carl Schumann Porcelain 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 of Dresden.

*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 wasn't going to buy any more dishes. I said it but I didn't write it down. So.. and of course there was the One King's Lane episode in January. Lenox Holiday Tartan. Now, on to this pattern. I've been coveting  loving it for a long time. A very long time. So fast forward to April. You can see by now that I forgot to ask God to strengthen my willpower, or lack thereof! Along comes my dear, beautiful, gracious, enabling friend Cherry Kay from the gorgeous Entertaining Women blog. The little tidbit of me wanting this lovely set of dishes didn't escape her meticulous attention to detail. My inbox was being peppered by deals I couldn't possibly pass up on ebay. What's a poor addicted soul to do? Are you feeling my pain?? In a very short time (since April 14 to be exact) I've collected 4 dinner plates, 8 salad plates and 12 bread and butters. aaah life is good. Thank you dear Cherry Kay, you've enabled me to make a dream come true.

I can hardly wait to set a table with this luscious set of dishes. Of course, I'll have to find some wonderful glassware to bring out the best of this ornate china. Back to the thrill of the hunt!!
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!


PAT said...

This is gorgeous Marlis. Thanks so much for this wonderful informative post.

Entertaining Women said...

Great post....I'm glad that I was able to "enable" you to check off the Schumann item on your "list.". I'm excited for us to "play with dishes" when you're ready to set your table. Cherry Kay

Alycia Nichols said...

Go on, say it...say it!!! "My name is Marlis, and I am an addict." Say it! You know it's true!!!! :-) And it's OK, because you are in good and ample company! That Cherry Kay...always stirring up trouble! That's why I love her so! :-)

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow those are beautiful! That was interesting to read about the Schumann line too!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful dishes! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

Debbie said...

I'm giggling at the end part where you finger Cherry Kay as the enabler. I'd say she did you a huge favor since those dishes are absolutely STUNNING to me. I love them!

I keep telling myself not to buy any more dishes. So far, I'm doing pretty good. Just don't give my email address to Cherry Kay.

On Crooked Creek said...

These are gorgeous dishes! I adore knowing the history of dishes! I'll be watching for an upcoming tablescape with these lovelies!

xinex said...

These Dresden plates are truly exquisite, Marlis. Thanks for sharing and giving us the history...Christine

Scribbler said...

I understand your problem -- it seems to be common among our little group. Maybe we all need an intervention.

But not before I tell you how beautiful these pieces are. I remember learning all the history about the kaolin, etc. when I was in school. Nice review for me! And I loved seeing those pieces. I don't think they make anything that pretty anymore.

Meredith said...

What a stunning pattern. No wonder you were hooked:)

Anonymous said...

I have glasses that would be perfect with your dishes, so do you want to meet somewhere between Houston and Lubbock and create a beautiful table? Now that would be fun. I'll keep my eye out for your pattern as I browse around.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, those dishes are gorgeous!! No wonder you are addicted. What fun, though, to be able to add to your wonderful collection and to be able to enjoy them.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sometime things are just meant to be... like owning these fabulous dishes! I think you gave them a much needed loving home!

Diane said...

Thank you for sharing the history of this elegant china. We are the ones who must preserve these beautiful pieces for future generations. Thanks for doing your part (and getting some really great china!!).

suzyq said...

Marlis, we understand!!!Sometimes you just have to have more dishes. My husband and son just don't 'get it' and my daughters have just given up!!! Such beautiful dishes - I love them.

Kathe said...

What a dear friend and enabler Cherry Kay is! She shoved you in the right direction that is for sure! Believe me, I know how hard it is to hold back when you collect certain dishes (take my Candlewick obsession for example!)! Thank you for the history too. I am anxiously awaiting the table you set with these ♥

Chubby Chieque said...

I am swoon away with all your treasure, Marlis.

What a great post. So much information that I never think of the Schumann thing-y. Interested and learnable §;-)

Ha ha... Hope you have a great week-end, pretty and enjoy.


Kathleen said...

Oh my! They are beauties! I don't blame you one bit! Good luck with your collecting, and I can't wait to see the table you create with these treasures!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful pattern. Really pretty.

The Tablescaper said...

These are beautiful. I can well see why you had to collect them. I too am an addict. Just when I think I have more than I can handle (or store) I see something I just have to have. But isn't that the fun of collecting?

- The Tablescaper


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