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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

4358 kayserzinn liqueur service

kayserzinn liqueur service
date : 1900 /1902

designer: Hugo Leven

marked : tray 4358 in a oval
liquor glass 4358 in a circular
jug 4358 in a oval

tray : 14.5 inch / 37 cm
Jug : 8.3 inch /21 cm
glasses : height 1.3 inch / 3.2 cm

4369 kayserzinn egg cups

kayserzinn egg cups
date : 1900 /1902

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4369 in an oval

width : 1.8 inch / 4.5 cm

4376 kayserzinn tray

kayserzinn tray
date :1900 /1902

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4376 in a oval

length : 10.3 inch / 26 cm
width : 4.5 inch / 11.5 cm

4377 kayserzinn toothpick holder

kayserzinn toothpick holder
date : 1900 /1902

marked : kayserzinn 4377 in a oval

width : 4.0 inch / 10.0 cm

4378 kayserzinn bottle stand

kayserzinn bottle stand
date : 1900/1902

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4378 in a circular

Ø : 5.4 inch / 13.5 cm

4383 KAYSERZINN picture frame

KAYSERZINN picture frame
date : 1900 / 1902

designer : Hermann Fauser

marked : KAYSERZINN 4383 in a oval

height : 9.5 inch / 22.0 cm

4387 kayserzinn ash-tray

kayserzinn ash-tray
date: 1900 /1902

designer : Hermann Fauser

marked : kayserzinn 4387 in a oval

length : 6.7 inch / 17 cm
width :4.3 inch / 11 cm

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

4402 KAYSERZINN cream jug and sugar basket

KAYSERZINN cream jug and sugar basket
date : 1900/ 1902

designer : Hermann Fauser

marked : KAYSERZINN 4402 in a oval

height both pieces : 4.0 inch / 10.0 cm