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V.E.B. Henneberg Porzellan: J L Menau tri-pod condiment Circa -1949-1990
Henneberg is a German company located in what was the Eastern sector that was founded in 1777. The company operated by the name Graf von Henneberg (Duke of Henneberg)for much of its modern life, but this company had nothing to do with the Henneberg family. J L Menau is bit like limoges and other names..it is the name of the area which is composed of several porcelain manufacturers. Post German reunification the companies of the area were merged and "down sized". The V.E.B. mark was used between 1949 and 1990. This company's porcelain was used as an examples of socialist productivity furnishing the china in the various eateries of the East German Parliament. I do see "73" under the numbers 512/4 C839; don't know if that is the year of make, but it fits.
The dish is a beauty! It is hand enameled, but one can recognize this easily from the feel of the surface from the brush strokes that can be seen with a side light. The ground is stark white allowing the rich colors of the enamel to pop. I also love the gold gliding which gives me no thought of electro-plate. The piece is a bit over 7 inches wide: The company did make a larger size, so this is the smaller one. It's an ideal size for serving a variety of nuts at the bridge table and for presenting the pickles and olives at the dinner table. And if you decide to use it as a display piece, no one would question why.
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