We are pleased to offer a rare antique berry bowl set produced in the Louvre Series, by the Thomas Und Ens (Thomas and Ens) Marktredwitz, Bavaria porcelain factory. This beautiful five piece set includes one large 9" diameter by 2-3/8” deep berry serving bowl, and four smaller 5” diameter by 1-3/8” deep individual berry bowls. This particular version of the beautiful Louvre pattern features white porcelain decorated with vibrant yellow and pink rose transfers, in colors which were popular at the turn of the 20th century. In full bloom, the roses are set within branches of pale green leaves. This lovely rose transfer repeats along the rims of each bowl. One delicate yellow and pink rosebud, surrounded by a circle of leaves, adorns the centers of the bowls. The mold of the large berry bowl features three raised, embossed sections along the rim which creates detail and dimension. As shown in the pictures, two of the berry bowls feature a larger rose design, while the other two berry bowls feature a design with smaller roses.
In 1903, Fritz Thomas left his position at Porzellanfabrik Jaeger, which was the first porcelain factory in Marktredwitz, Bavaria, Germany. Porzellanfabrik Jaeger had been in business since 1872, and continued to be successful after Fritz Thomas' departure. No longer encumbered by the creative differences of opinions he had been experiencing at Jaeger, Fritz Thomas began producing his own product lines with a new investment partner – Ens - from 1903 to 1908. Ens had no interest in the day to day operation of the business. But Fritz Thomas was immediately successful, and was noticed by the Porzellanfabrik Rosenthal company in Selb. When Ens left Thomas in 1907, Rosenthal became a major shareholder in Fritz Thomas' business, and the Thomas & Ens mark which is displayed on the back of our lovely berry set changed again.
Based on the backstamp these pieces of porcelain bear - which is the second maker's mark which Thomas and Ens used since registering their business in 1903 - this wonderful Louvre berry set was produced between 1905 and 1908. The pieces are all marked Th u. E MR. (which stands for Thomas und Ens Marktredwitz) within a blue urn and shield, above “Louvre” Bavaria. This particular mark was used for only three years, and is often mistakenly attributed to other manufacturers.
One hundred and eight years old and counting, our set is in remarkable condition for its age. There are no chips, cracks or breaks. The bowls have light utensil marks, and there is slight loss to one of the yellow flower transfers on the large bowl, and some slight loss to one of the yellow flowers on one of the smaller bowls. Please see the pictures for further detail.
It is nearly impossible to find pieces to match this briefly produced Louvre pattern, and we are delighted to be able to offer a complete set in such great antique condition. These pieces would make a wonderful addition to any table. Brightly hued summer blooms set against white porcelain can easily dress up or down, while coordinating well with many different types of dinnerware and serving pieces. I am the first to admit that fresh berries and fruit taste much better in beautifully decorated antique porcelain berry bowls!