This vase is a first for me in two respects. I have never before offered for sale (or even seen in person!) a porcelain vase manufactured by the Fürstenberg porcelain company—named for its geographical location in the city of Fürstenberg, Germany, located in the Northern part of the country. In doing the research for this piece, I have learned that “Porzellanmanufaktur Fürstenberg,” still in operation today, was started in 1747.
The other new thing for me is a vase covered with silver overlay by Spahr & Co. Unlike Fürstenberg, I could not find any information about Spahr’s most recent history, but I learned that Friedrich Wilhelm Spahr opened his company in 1937. That date is important, since it is the earliest date the silver overlay on this vase could have been done. The design of the silver was identified as “Art Deco” by the firm from whom I acquired it, and I guess if it were one of Spahr’s earliest creations, it would be appropriate to label it as such. I have been more inclusive in my title by calling it “Mid 20th Century.”
Another piece of dating information is the Fürstenberg mark on the bottom of the vase. Unfortunately, that does not allow the inference of a very precise manufacturing date. The mark on the vase was used from 1918 until 1966. :-) The mark, itself, has several variants, but that specific form of the “F” is associated with those dates. That intersection of dates does allow the inference that the vase was completed in 1937.
By the way, I was not drunk when I took the picture of the bottom of the vase; you can see that because the images of the vase, itself, are in focus—not just the one showing the Fürstenberg mark, but all of my images. Interestingly, I had a tough time trying to find a better version of the mark on the Internet; almost all the instances I saw, were similarly wanting in clarity. The one I am showing you is the best I could find, but it is tiny!
Speaking of tiny marks, ;-) the Spahr marks on the bottom rim of silver (see my third image) were not only tiny, but somewhat worn. When I was first looking for the silver marks, I did recognize the “1000” for pure silver content, but I failed to recognize the other mark (which I thought after quick perusal was another “1000,” which, in the form of a fraction, often appears on German-made silver overlay). I then realized it was the name “SPAHR,” printed UPSIDE DOWN to the left of the “1000.” I am showing you the actual mark, and that mark inverted so you can read the name “SPAHR,” with the “1000” upside down. The vase does not have an obvious “front” or “back,” so, other than showing it to you in situ, I cannot tell you more.
OK, enough history; now I can tell you about the vase! I think I have rendered the brick red color of the outer glaze accurately, at least as it looks to me on my monitor. The inside glaze is white, which is much brighter than my image makes it appear. Even if I did not show it to you as a glimpse in my fifth image, you would have known that by seeing the color of the bottom of the vase.
The porcelain, itself, and the glaze are in excellent condition. There are no (hairline or other) cracks, and the red outer glaze has no defects. The silver, too, is in excellent condition, with really light and inconsequential surface scratches, which could actually have been there on the day the vase left the Spahr factory. Because of my lighting—really hard to do well with silver overlay—the silver may appear to be blemished and scratched. That is not the case! Although the silver is not chased, as is more typically the case with German Silver overlay than with American-made silver overlay, it is palpable and not simply painted on. The silver is complete and all closely adhered to the vase, which I verified by feel as well as by visual inspection. Because the design is asymmetrical (although its multi-element layout appears twice) it was harder to check this with only visual inspection, so I gave it my “palm-rub-around test.”
The only other thing you will want to is the vase’s size. It is 3 inches high, with a 1 1/2 inch opening diameter, and a 1 1/4 inch base diameter. It is hard to do this exactly because the vase is curved, but its width at the shoulders is also about 3 inches.
I can’t think of anything else you’d want to know, but please write if you have a question.
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