Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Q: I have a plate that has painted roses and raised highlights and this Royal Rudolstadt mark on the back. Can you tell me anything about this lovely piece?
A: Royal Rudolstadt is not the name of the company that made your plate. This crown over B in shield mark was used by Beyer & Bock from c.1905 to c.1920. Beyer & Bock was in business in Volkstedt, Thuringia, Germany, from 1853 to 1960. It was founded as a decorating company and began decorating porcelain after 1890. The company was nationalized in 1960 and became Porcelain Factory Rudolstadt Volkstedt. The painted pieces are plentiful and sell for about $25-$50.