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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

4274 kayserzinn vegetable dish with insert

kayserzinn vegetable dish with insert
date 1898 /1900

designer :Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4274 in a circular note : the cross insert is not marked

Ø : 15.8 inch / 40 cm
insert : 11 inch / 28 cm
height ;: 1.5 inch / 4.0 cm

4294 kayserzinn crumb tray

kayserzinn crumb tray
date :1898 /1900

designer :Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4294 in a oval

length :9.4 inch / 24 cm
width : 9.4 inch /24 cm

4296 kayserzinn basket

kayserzinn basket
date : 1898 /1900

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4296 in a circular

width : 11 inch / 28 cm

4301 kayserzinn tea glass holders

kayserzinn tea glass holders
date : 1900 /1902

designer :Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4301 in a circular and a X stamped

width (with ear ) 3.7 inch / 9.3 cm
height : 2.4 inch / 7.0 cm

4307 Kayserzinn vase

Kayserzinn vase
date :1900 /1902

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : Kayserzinn 4307 in a circular

height : 11.5 inch / 29.0 cm

4319 kayserzinn salt cellar

kayserzinn salt cellar
date : 1900 /1902

designer : Hermann Fauser

marked : kayserzinn 4319 in a circular

height :1.0 inch / 2.3 cm
length : 3.0 inch / 7.5 cm
width: 1.9 inch / 5.0 cm

4322 kayserzinn bread tray

kayserzinn bread tray
date : 1900 /1902

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4322 in a oval

height:1.7 inch / 4.0 inch
length :12.7 inch /32 cm
width : 7.7 inch / 19.5 cm

4325 kayserzinn fishplater

kayserzinn fishplater
date : 1900 /1902

designer :Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4325 in a oval

length : 23.0 inch / 61.0 cm

4334 kayserzinn biscuit jar

kayserzinn biscuit jar
date : 1900 / 1902

designer : Hermann Fauser

marked : kayserzinn 4334 in a circle

height : 6.2 inch / 15.5 cm

4340 kayserzinn pen tray

kayserzinn pen tray
date : 1900 /1902

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4340 in a oval

length :8.0 inch / 20 cm
width : 2.4 inch / 6.0 cm