Antique, German, Porcelain Holy Water Font by Unger Schneider

$36.00

This Unger Schneider holy water font was produced in the late 1800s in Germany as the back mark (a G with two arrows through it) attests to. The DEP stands for deponirt, a German word similar to the French déposé. It is similar to the usage of "patent" here in the U.S.

Dimensions are 3 1/2" in height. The base is 2" x 1 3/8". There is a very small chip to the front of the font as seen in the 6th photo at 12:00.

The JHS on the sunburst on the front is Latin for Jesus Hominum Salvator (Jesus Savior of Mankind).

Thank you to http://www.porcelainmarksandmore.com/germany/thuringia/graefenthal-03/index.php for the following information on the company and its mark:

Based on a ducal concession, the businessman Carl Schneider (who had worked at the Wallendorf factory for some time) together with modelling artist Karl Unger and businessman Hermann Hutschenreuther founded their business in 1859. As Hutschenreuther was a sleeping partner, his name does not appear in the company name until 1885.

At first the company only produced tableware, miniature sets for children and a few kitchen utensils, mostly decorated in the cobalt blue 'Zwiebel-' and 'Strohblumenmuster' styles which sometimes included gilding. But unlike many other facilities they did not simply copy existing designs but rather used their own creativity and started with export fairly early, which was soon rewarded as the first international award was received 1875 at the Exposición Internacional de Chile (Santiago World Fair).

The success also showed a problem as the first marks that had been used looked similar to the marks used earlier by the factory in Gießhübel. This lead to the introduction of the first mark that actually was used continuously, the impressed and uncrowned 'G' mark with the double-headed arrow which was used from 1875 onwards. Following the increasing popularity due to further awards during the Exposition Universelle (Paris World Fair) in 1878 it was decided to have the mark officially registered. The registration was filed on March 3rd 1879 at the Herzogliches Landgericht Gräfenthal (Ducal District Court) and the first items showing the mark carrying the 'Dep.' addition were seen at the World Fair 1879 in Sydney, where the company yet again received an award for their products.
In 1882 Karl Unger together with his friend and new partner Bernhard Schilde started their own business by taking over an existing factory which later became well known on its own, the ⇒Porzellanfabrik Unger & Schilde in Roschütz. It should be mentioned that Unger remained partner in Gräfenthal until Carl Schneider died in 1885.

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