Bernard Bloch Majolica Match And Cigarette Holder, Sailor Smoking Pipe, #2326 For Sale
This wonderful majolica piece is an early (late 1800's) Bernard Bloch with the
"BB" Mark, and impressed pattern number #2289. It is a cigarette and
match holder or smoking set,as they were famous for that kind of ceramic, and shows a man/boy, sitting on the ground with an oar under him, he is dressed in a sailor's outfit smoking a pipe, and leaning against a tree stump (which held the matches I believe). There is a rowboat (which held the cigarettes I believe) next to him on which he is resting his arm holding the pipe. It is
in excellent condition, except for a chip off of the end of the shoe on his right foot (see picture # 3), and a chip off of the very bottom edge of the right side which only shows slightly when the piece is displayed (see pictures # 7 & 11). The size is approx. 8 inches wide by about 5-1/2 inches deep by about 5-1/2 inches tall. Looking at the piece I see
no evidence of any repairs and other then the above two (2) items the piece is in excellent condition. Internet sales
currently indicate a growing interest in Bohemian potters,
especially Bernard Bloch, Julius Dressler, Wilhelm Schiller, Johann Maresch,,
Gerbing and Stephens and Josef Strnact. To some extent, this is due to the
escalating prices and scarcity of Amphora and possibly the desire of veteran
pottery collectors to branch into new areas. It is interesting to note that American Art Pottery collectors are also
developing an appreciation for the untapped area of quality Bohemian pottery.
Bernard Bloch: was a famous entrepreneur in
the field of ceramic industry and established the famous factory B.
Bloch & Co. which, in 1920, was renamed to Eichwald Porcelain and
Stove Factory Bloch & Co. In 1869, Bloch purchased an enterprise
focusing on earthenware and faience production from the family of Huff.
The facility was based in, what was then, the city of Hohenstein (today
Unčín). It was characteristic of making richly decorated products with
glossy colored glaze. The objects of both artistic and applied character
were distributed throughout the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy. These were
coffee and tea sets of brown, green, red or bronze color, but also
plates, vases and decorative tiles.In 1895, Bernard Bloch extended the field of his activities via
purchasing the prosperous firm of C. Teichert (Meissen) based in
Eichwald (today the city of Dubí) which was the first on the Czech
territory to apply the blue motif of the co-called onion. Apart from
porcelain and figural earthenware, Bloch introduced the production of
side rite objects, tiles and tiled stoves. Bernard Bloch gained fame mainly by the production of figural
tobacco containers and other tobacco products, characteristic of
detailed and extremely refined processing. During the Second World War,
the factory was confiscated by the Nazis and sold to the company Dr. H.
Wider & Co. from the German city of Thuringen. After the war, in
1947, the facility was nationalized and affiliated to other porcelain
factories – as, for example, Royal Dux and Thun – to form the company
called Duchcovský porcelán (Duchcov Porcelain). The producers continued
using the same logo as before the nationalization. In 1958, Duchcovský
porcelán was transferred under Karlovarský porcelán (Carlsbad
The condition of this item is Very Good, (see Definition of grades of condition I use below),
Item: Bernard Bloch's ceramic
Made by: Signed "BB" for Bernard Bloch, this famed ceramicist began production in 1869 in Hohenstein, Austria - now the Czech Republic. .
Condition : Very Good, see above for faults and Pictures.
Country of Origin: Austria/Czech Republic.
Use: To hold matches and cigarettes.
Size: approx. 8 inches wide by about 5-1/2 inches deep by about 5-1/2 inches tall
Weight: 2lbs. 5oz.
Definition of Grades of Condition I Use:
Each Grade has sub-categories: (Example: Good-, Good, Good+). An item can also have attributes of two Grades: (Example: Very Good+/Like New-).
A new, unused item in perfect condition with no missing or damaged parts or pieces. See the listing and pictures for details.
An item that looks new
but has been used. Item has no visible wear. No missing or damaged parts, no
creases or tears. May have very minimal wear and tear. See the listing and pictures for
details and description of any imperfections.
An item that does not
look new and has been used but is in excellent condition. No obvious
damage to the item. No missing or damaged parts,.May have
very minimal wear
and tear. See the listing and pictures for details and description of
An item that
has been used, but is in good condition. Very minimal damage and/or wear to the item. No
missing parts or pieces. See the listing and pictures for details and description
of any imperfections.
An item with obvious wear. May have some damage, but integrity
still intact.and there are no missing parts and/or pieces or anything that would
compromise the legibility or use of the item. See the
listing and pictures for details and description of any imperfections.
An item that does
not work and is only useful for parts, sold as We
ship the item(s) in large envelopes, or shipping boxes
(size depending on the item size), wrapped in a protective material, and, depending on the shape of the item, layered between sheets of reinforced cardboard, or some other protective material, with clear shipping tape reinforcing the
outside of the large envelope, or shipping box and protecting the
shipping label. This
has proven to be a highly safe and effective way to ship and protect the item(s)..
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Bernard Bloch Majolica Match And Cigarette Holder, Sailor Smoking Pipe, #2326: $360