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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

4608 Kayserzinn flower vase

Kayserzinn flower vase
date : 1904 /1906

designer : Karl Berghof

marked : kayserzinn 4608 in a circle

Height : 10.5 inch / 26.0 cm

4609 KAYSERZINN spoon

KAYSERZINN spoon
date : 1906

designer : unknown

marked : KAYSERZINN no number but is 4609

length :8.5 inch / 21.5 cm

4610 KAYSERZINN table bell

KAYSERZINN table bell
date : 1904/1906

designer : Karl Berghof

marked :KAYSERZINN 4610 in a oval

height : 5.8 inch / 14.5 cm

4652 kayserzinn fruit dish

kayserzinn fruit dish
date : 1904 /1906

designer : Karl Geyer & Karl Berghof

marked : kayserzinn 4652 in a oval

lenght : 11.4 inch / 36.5 cm
width : 10.5 inch / 26.5

4699 Kayserzinn vase

Kayserzinn vase
date 1904 / 1906

designers : Hugo Leven and Hermann Fauser

marked ; kayserzinn 4699 stamped and nr. 36

height : 5.0 inch / 12.5 cm

4720 kayserzinn knife rest

kayserzinn knife rest
date : 1904 /1906

designer : unknown

marked : kayserzinn 4720 in an oval

length : 3.5 inch / 9.0 cm

4742 kayserzinn knife rests “dog”

kayserzinn knife rests “dog”
date : 1902 /1904

designer : unknown

marked : kayserzinn 4742 in an oval

length : 3.5 inch / 9.0 cm

4743 kayserzinn knife rest “dog”

kayserzinn knife rest “dog”
date : 1902 /1904

designer : unknown

marked : kayserzinn 4743 in an oval

length : 3.5 inch / 9.0 cm