Archive for November, 2012

One of the loyal customers of EK Modern shares the picture of her recent purchase.
The metal lamp on the table is made by the premier Swiss lighting manufacturer, BAG (Bronzewarenfabrik AG) Turgi around 1920-30’s. BAG Turgi was one of the leading producer of lighting during the early-mid 20th century. It worked closely with Swiss architects and produced the lamps inspired by the modern design principle that emphasized simplicity, rationality and functionality.
This particular lamp shows a good example of the early modern age design incorporated with the hard and raw material. It seems to work perfectly with the wooden desk and chair which were made by the owner herself.



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Thank you all for your keen interest in these lovely Czech pieces. I was so hyped up about the chronicle of ownership that I forgot to post the important information, its mark (haha very professional, no?). It bears a crown and in the shield in the center says “Porcelain fine de bohemia” and “underglaze-cobalt”. It is not included in either PM&M or Ginni’s. But it is confirmed by the initial “DF” and the other service set of the same forms with DF mark.



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There are really really good people who share their knowledge for free (in this commercialized, money-can-buy-your-soul kind of world!). While researching for the “DF porcerlain service set” I found a website that explores the entire history of this maker. Deapite my effort to summarize the whole story, it may look cumbersome. But it is amazing to see what kind of history the objects in front of me hides behind them.

In short, it is believed that the “DF porcelain service set” was created in 1920-45 based on their form and mark.

So enjoy the epic story of porcelian manufacturers! Many thanks to Porcelain Marks & More http://www.porcelainmarksandmore.com/bohemia/dallwitz_1/00.php and Ginni’s Bohemian & Czech Porcelain Factory & Marks Information  http://www.collectorscircle.com/bohemian/porcelain/marks_table1.html .



1804-1814  Stoneware factory by the Ritter von Schönau brothers & Haßlacher

The brother Johann and Wenzl Ritter von Schönau founded a stoneware factory in Dallwitz and hired a technical specialist Benedikt Haßlacher as partner and director.
An instant success of business!

1814-1832  Stoneware factory by  Johann Ritter von Schönau (father) & Wolfgang Julius Ritter von Schönau (son)

Wolfgang during his time decided to rather concentrate on porcelain production, receiving a porcelain factory concession from the Gubernium on December 9th 1830. Even though the factory was running pretty well and all experiments were successful, Wolfgang sold the factory to the former farm owner Wilhelm Wenzel Lorenz.

1832-1850  Stoneware factory by Wilhelm Lorenz

A complete modernization of the factory and in 1844.
Wilhelm Wenzl Lorenz in 1850 sold the factory to the accountant Franz Fischer

1850-1855 Stoneware factory by Franz Fischer

The company continued to produce nearly the same range of products including luxury goods, tea- and coffee sets, plates, bowls and dishes, vases and a small number of figures as well as doll house items.

1855-1860  Stoneware factory by Franz Fischer & Franz Urfuß

Franz Urfuß joined the company as partner in 1855. The factory was renamed accordingly. However soon afterwards the two started to argue about the product range (which by now also included Rococo Revival pieces) and funding until Fischer finally gave up and retired, selling the factory to Urfuß.

1860-1871  Stoneware factory by Urfuß

Without proper financial backing  Urfuß was in the end forced to turn over control of the factory to his main creditor, the ‘Thüringer Bank’ (the largest Thuringian savings banks at that time).

1871-1889  Stoneware factory by David and Friedrich Riedl von Riedelstein

The ‘Thüringer Bank’  sold the factory in 1871 to the brothers David and Friedrich Riedl von Riedelstein. The brothers David and Friedrich drastically changed the product range and by the year 1883 it consisted of various porcelain dinner, coffee and tea sets both in standard or luxury versions as well as stoneware wash basin sets and normal tableware with lead-free glaze as well as many decorational majolica items based on various genres.

1889-1891  Porcelain factory Springer & Co.

Friedrich Riedl von Riedelstein sold the factory to Springer & Co., owner of the porcelain factory in Elbogen, which installed Ludwig Pröscholdt as director who concentrated on porcelain production and gradually discontinued the work on stoneware and majolica.

1891-1918  Porcelain, Stoneware and Majolica factory Pröscholdt & co.

Pröscholdt in 1891 together with the shareholders Rudolf Gottl and D. Zebisch purchased the factory from Springer & Co. and despite the misleading company name the factory actually only produced porcelain, re-activating the well-known basic ‘DF’ mark originally used by David and Friedrich Riedl von Riedelstein.

1918-1920  ÖPIAG – Östereichische Porzellan-Industrie A.G.

During the last years the market for Bohemain porcelain had slowly changed and business was slowly declining at all factories of the region. Based on an idea from 1917 the company was the first approached by a representative of the Austrian government and so got directly involved in the founding of the first association for porcelain promotion in Bohemia, the Österreichische Porzellan Industrie A.G. or ‘ÖPIAG’ for short.

1920-1945  EPIAG – Erste (böhmische) Porzellan-Industrie-A.G., Betriebsstätte Dallwitz

Following the successful establishment and first complete business year of the association the members eventually decided to rename it to reflect the changed political situation and as there were rumors of upcoming competition in form of the ‘Porzellan-Union A.G.’ the board decided to make a point by renaming the business according to the fact that it had been the first of its kind (in Bohemia). Business boomed and in 1930 the factory employed around 400 workers, a number which remained stable until 1937.

1945-1958  Starorolský Porcelán, EPIAG Dalovice

The whole EPIAG group was nationalized in 1945 and together with other factories became the ‘Starorolský Porcelán’ group. Due to the long tradition of the former privately owned Dallwitz factory in combination with its role during the OEPIAG/EPIAG period the name ‘EPIAG’ itself remained part of the factory name even after the creation of the ‘Karlovarský Porcelán o.p.’ branch directorate in 1958.

1958-1992  Karlovarský Porcelán, EPIAG Dalovice

The years passed and the factory in Dallwitz often played an important role in the history of the ‘Karlovarský Porcelán’ group, successfully representing the group on the national and international markets.

1992-1997  EPIAG DAFA s.r.o

In 1992 finally, shortly after the porcelain factories in Jokes-Witwitz near Jakobsburg (Czech ‘Jakubov’) and Gießhübel (at first named ‘Kysíbl’, then ‘Stružná’) had been integrated into the state-owned ‘Karlovarský Porcelán’ group, the general reprivatization process set in and all factories from the group were taken over by the transfer company ‘EPIAG DAFA s.r.o.’ which in 1997 stopped production at the Dallwitz plant.

2002-present  EPIAG Lofida Porcelán CZ s.r.o.

After a few years the former factory and all name and trademark rights were purchased by the ‘Lofida Porcelán CZ s.r.o.’ and business was reactivated under the famous EPIAG abbreviation. The company shortly afterwards already employed over 80 people and offered a comprehensive range of utility and exclusive chinaware products. Business was an instant success and already in the year 2009 the company was able to purchase the factory in Chodau (Czech ‘Chodov’), a former subsidiary of ‘Haas&Czjzek’ from Schlaggenwald (Czech ‘Slavkov’).

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In many cases (sadly, not always) there is a good reason why the classics are classic. I believe they still hold aesthetic value and sometimes quite decent monetary value. In other words, we can still decorate our homes with them despite the time that elapsed since their first creation.


PH series is with no doubt one of them. I just found a nice picture of it decorating a modern home from Ellie Decoration (Korea edition) No.10. I personally prefer PH4 3/4 because of the visual simplicity (see the another angel halo added to PH5!) and the practical reason. Since most homes don’t have such high ceiling as that of galleries the more simpler sister of PH5 would make more sense. But nonetheless, it’s nice to see a nice home furnished with nice lamps. Nice Nice Nice!

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EK Modern got spotted!

Last month EK Modern was introduced in the premier interior design magazine, Lemon Tree, as one of IT SHOPS.

For those who are not fluent in Korean, here’s the translation:

“A retro lamp from a small antique shop in Stockholm, beautifully aged English vintage lighting of 1930’s… You can see the vintage deco objects hand picked by the owner herself at this new shop. With her experience at a interior design company in New York, the owner introduces the items  from all around Europe. The cozy showroom feels like a collector’s room exhibitis the items with a theme every season. Currently under the title “29 Lights” lamps from France, Switzerland and Denmark are presented. If you want to meet one and only vintage item, it is a must-go!”

Thank you to the kind editor and photographer!!!

We will see you some day on the cover page! 😉

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