How to Use the Marks Database

The concept behind searching the marks database is a simple one. It assumes that you are looking at a mark on an item and want to know more about it.

The database does not assume that you know anything about the item – what it is made out of, where it was made, when it was made, or who might have made it. That is what the Marks Database should help you discover.

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It’s All in the Marks: Hans Stoltenberg Lerche

This vase is an example of the Art Nouveau style, designed by Hans Stoltenberg Lerche (1867-1920), circa 1900. Because he signed his work “H. St. Lerche,” his name has often been mistakenly identified as “Saint Lerche.” This piece, according to the foundry mark on it, was cast by, Louchet Paris. The Louchet Foundry was well known ...

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It’s All in the Marks: ‘Dresden Lace’ Pieces in the Style of Meissen

One thing that leads new collectors of porcelain figurines down the wrong path is judging a figurine’s vintage by its style, rather than other indicators of production dates. A piece depicting an18th-century social event, like the one above, at first glance looks similar to 18th & 19th-century pieces by the Meissen porcelain works in Germany. ...

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