Porcelain history

Between 1719 and 1728 the Princely Faience Manufactory*, situated
in the Bayreuth district today called St. Georgen, was operated on
the initiative of Margrave Georg Wilhelm of Bayreuth and first produced exclusively for the Bayreuth court. It was only after privatization in 1728 that the manufactory made jars, wall tiles and table ware for daily use.
After the plant’s closure in 1836, Siegmund Paul Meyer continued
Bayreuth’s history of ceramics. He founded a porcelain factory in
1899 and produced fire-resistant cooking and baking ware which became a demanded speciality. Until today, the First Bayreuth Porcelain Factory Walküre Siegmund Paul Meyer GmbH produces at the foot of the festival hill i.a. high-quality table ware for gastronomy.
During the 1920s, Emil Schlegel AG and Porcelain Manufactory Gloria
were set up, but do not exist anymore. Gloria Manufactory had been
founded by Anton Weidl in 1920 in Czech Stará Role, moved to Bayreuth in 1945, where it created porcelain objects in the Rembrandt or Old-Vienna style or with other rich decorations.

*Faience is an elegant, red-brown earthenware coated with a white or
coloured tin glaze.

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