Cheerful pair of figural porcelain china mice salt & pepper shakers in lime green by Villeroy & Boch, made in Germany! This darling pair of figural china mice salt & pepper shakers are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, repairs or other damage to note. What a cheerful and colorful way to start your day with this pair of porcelain mice on your breakfast table!
The figural china mouse salt shaker and the figural mouse mouse pepper shaker each have the same design with two small shaker holes in their noses, and a removable stopper in their base for refilling. Each measures 3.75" in length, 2.5" wide, each stands 1.5" tall and are marked on the bottom with "Villeroy & Boch", their mark, 1748, and "Made in Germany". One mouse shaker is just a hair darker than the other.
The Villeroy and Boch Co. opened in 1748 under the direction of Francois Boch and his sons, Pierre-Joseph, Dominique, and Jean-Francois. The Boch family was held in high esteem by the townspeople of Audun-le-Tiche, France. Before making the decision to manufacturer porcelain, Francois Boch designed and manufactured bombs for France and the Holy Roman Empire. His work had made him somewhat of a folk hero. Although, the bomb-making business was profitable, Boch was concerned for the well being of his sons. As a result of testing various bombs, Francois Boch sustained a number of injuries, including permanent loss of his hearing. Wanting something better for his sons, Francois exited the bomb-manufacturing business and began producing porcelain.
Throughout the 1890's, Villeroy and Boch focused on producing "ceramic sanitary ware." These products range from bathtubs to industrial tiles. The added dimension of sanitary ware to Villeroy and Boch's tabletop ceramic products proved to be a profitable move. The company also opened a new factory in Merzig, located in the northeastern region of Saarland, Germany.
World War One had a devastating effect on Europe's people and Villeroy and Boch. The terms of the Versailles Treaty annexed the Saar region of Germany to France. In 1920, Villeroy and Boch opened two new factories in Bonn and Breslau. Throughout Germany and Europe post war inflation reached record highs. Despite the economic challenges of the period, Villeroy and Boch's leadership remained undeterred. The company invested heavily in artists and master craftsmen.
The second half of the twentieth century has proved to be extremely profitable for Villeroy and Boch. After war reconstruction was complete across Europe, the company was deemed the largest manufacturer of ceramic products in Europe. In 1972, Luit von Boch-Galhau transferred management of the company to his son, Luitwin Gisbert von Boch. This historical transfer of power would occur again in 1998 when leadership of the company was handed to Wendelin von Boch, the company's current managing director. Although the company has faced tremendous challenges and adversity, Villeroy and Boch continues to be a global leader in the production of ceramic products.