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Kayserzinn

The Rhenish firm “Leuconide Metalware Factory and trading Company J.P Kayser and Son in Krefeld- Bockum was known for its progressive style and was the leading factory of making pewter in the period 1894-1912.

The firm’s workshop was situated in Krefeld-Bochum and was under the direction of Jean Kayser. The design studio was set up in Cologne in 1894 by Engelbert Kayser (1840-1911).

He was the “father of Kayserzinn”.
Among the artist employed full-time in the design studio were:

Hugo Leven(1874-1956),
Karl Geyer (1858-1912)
Hermann Fauser(1874-1947)
Karl Berghof(1881-1967).
Hans Stoltenberg-Lerche (1867-1920)

Another outside designer was Professor Johann Cristian Kroner(1838-1911) a Dusseldorf painter of hunting-scenes
The hunting motifs in relief are found on several dishes that were so popular at that time. They were based on his designs. Also a French artist Jean Garnier was the designer of several items.The Kayserzinn firm received generous recognition at home and abroad in a short space of time
They received a Gold medal at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, another Gold medal at the First Exhibition of Modern Art in Turin 1902 and carried off a similar prize at the
German-National-trade Exhibition in Düsseldorf.
Finally they received a Gold medal at the ST.Louis Universal Exhibition in 1904(U.S.A)
J.P Kayser and Son had around 400 workers in 1898. In 1900, 500 founders alone were working for the firm. At the time of the Paris Exhibition the work-force reached 800 workers
After 1904 there was an economic decline ,and after 1906 the staff of the Cologne design-studio was reduced and also the pewter production.
The price of pewter was extremely unsteady.The artistic significance of Kayserzinn died with the death of Engelbert Kayser in1911.
Kayserzinn object are numbered from the (fictitious) number “4000” onwards and with the word”Kayserzinn”
All objects are marked this way ,either in a circular or oval frame,or horizontally.
The number ,4000 , was introduced in 1894/5 the last number 4999 was produced in 1925.
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The marks of Kayserzinn

Items in our collection

4389 kayserzinn pepper and salt

kayserzinn pepper and salt
date 1900 / 1902

designer : Hermann Fauser

marked ; kayserzinn 4389 in an oval

height : 5.0 inch / 12.5 cm
width : 5.5 inch / 14.0 cm

4398 KAYSERZINN wine stopper

KAYSERZINN wine stopper
date :1906 /1908

designer : unknown

marked : KAYSERZINN (is number 4398 )

height : 2.6 inch / 6.0 cm

4403 kayserzinn serving tray

kayserzinn serving tray
date : 1900 / 1902

designer : Hermann Fauser

marked :kayserzinn 4403 in a oval

length : 24.0 inch / 60.0 cm

4405 kayserzinn salt cellar

kayserzinn salt cellar
date : 1900 /1902

designer :Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4405 in a circular

width : 4.2 inch / 11.0 cm

4408 kayserzinn vase

kayserzinn vase
date 1900 / 1902

designer : Hugo Leven

marked ; kayserzinn 4408 stamped

height : 11.5 inch / 30.0 cm

4414 KAYSERZINN fish platter

KAYSERZINN fish platter
date : 1900/ 1902

designer : Karl Geyer

marked : KAYSERZINN 4414 in a oval

lenght : 18.5 inch / 47.0 cm

4420 KAYSERZINN perfume bottle holder

KAYSERZINN perfume bottle holder
date : 1902 / 1904

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : KAYSERZINN 4420 in an oval

height : 3.5 inch / 9.0 cm

4422 Kayserzinn cloth brush

Kayserzinn cloth brush
date : 1900 /1902

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn no number but is nr. 4422

length : 7.2 inch / 18.0 cm

4428 kayserzinn cigar lamp

kayserzinn cigar lamp
date :1900 /1902

designer: Hermann Fauser

marked :kayserzinn 4428 in an oval

length : 8.0 inch / 20.0 cm

4431 kayserzinn tray

kayserzinn tray

date : 1902 /1904

designers : Hugo Leven and Hermann Fauser

marked : kayserzinn 4431 in an oval

Lenght : 17.0 inch / 43.0 cm
width : 7.0 inch / 18.0 cm