Antique Bavarian China Hohenzollern Large Cider Pitcher Circa 1910
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This gorgeous Bavarian china pitcher was hand painted with vibrant red cherries and green foliage with a wonderful Arts and Crafts feeling. The pitcher is in extraordinary condition, with minimal wear to the gilt that adorns the beaded handle (typical for this era), the rim and the parallel lines framing the fruit. It's signed by the porcelain artist B.D. Pennington. The mark on the bottom reads "Hohenzollern China Germany," printed in green.
This cider (or lemonade) pitcher was made by Königlich Privilegierte Porzellanfabrik (which means Royal Privileged Porcelain Factory) in Tettau, Bavaria, Germany. The porcelain factory was established in 1794 with the granting of a royal privilege by King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia. They used several different backstamps on their china, including Royal Tettau, Wittelsbach, Royal Bayreuth as well as Hohenzollern. It was absorbed in 1957 by the Seltmann Weiden Group,
This circa 1910 large pitcher stands 5 inches tall, measures 9 inches at the widest point across the belly to the handle and about 6 inches from the spout to the far edge of the mouth. It weighs a substantial 3 3/4 pounds and the quality compares favorably to many Limoges pieces. It's doubtful this pitcher has ever been put to use, but instead has beautifully decorated whatever space it's occupied over the last century.