The German Porcelain Company was founded in Rehau, a town in the district of Hof, Bavaria, Germany, as Jacob, Schodl & Co. in 1906 and operated as such until 1912. Mr. Schodl retired and with a new partner it became Hertel, Jacob & Co from 1913 until it's closure in 1979.
The company made various porcelain objects. During the 1930's period they produced some elegant dinner-ware and accessories using metal over-lays. This gorgeous vase is decorated with four panels depicting a swallow in flight, reaching for a bunch of berries, suspended from vines laden with filagree leaves. The four panels are divided by a tapered metal band, The flaring neck of the vase and rim is solid overlay as is the gracefully scalloped, raised base. The base metal over-lay appears to be a britannica or nickel with a copper plating. The vase measures 6 1/8" in height and 4" across the top. The piece carries the trade-mark stamp with a gazelle and "Hertel, Jacob - Rehau - Bavaria". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; the aged patina is beautiful. Their over-lay items are very scarce; this is the first vase I have ever discovered.