Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Gmundner Keramic
Q: I have a pottery stein with an emblem of a flowerpot on the bottom with one flower and a long leaf on each side of it. It says "Keramik" underneath it. Can you identify the maker?

A: The mark indicates that your stein was made by Gmundner Keramic, a pottery in the town of Gmunden, Austria. The pottery was founded in 1903 by Leopold Schleiss and is still in business. It made ornamental art and began making tableware in 1968. All of the pottery is hand-painted. Most of it is exported to Germany and other European countries, Japan, and the United States. The company has changed hands several times and is now owned by Johannes Duke of Moy. The company still uses the flowerpot mark as a logo. Value depends on the design on the stein.

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