Lot R192. Karl Ens Sitzendorf Medieval Themed Porcelain Chessmen

$795.00

Medieval Themed Sitzendorf Porcelain Chessmen by Karl Ensl. King stands 4-1/2″ tall by 1-1/2″. The chess pieces are cast from hard paste-porcelain and were fired in German Karl Ens factory. C. 1975

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Description

Karl Ens Sitzendorf Medieval Porcelain Chessmen.

A rare porcelain set of Karl Ens Sitzendorf Medieval Chessmen. This is a beautiful old porcelain figurine set produced in Turingia Germany. Each piece has been handmade and hand painted. The bishops and rooks in each army are different castings. The King stands 4-1/2″ tall with a 1-1/2” diameter base. The King probably represents Henry VIII. The stamp of Sitzendorf is present on the outside of each of the bases.

The director of the Sitzendorfer Porzellan Manufaktur has indicated that the set was not produced by them, but rather by Manufaktur Karl Ens. Both porcelain factories cooperated in GDR days. Ens regularly used the Sitzendorf stamp/seal. According to the website www.porcelainsite.com, the two companies shared the stamp/seal from 1974 to 1990, which would imply that this set dates to that time period. (Attr: Dr. May Kloprogge)

The pieces play and display best on a chessboard with 2-1/2″ squares. The chessboard shown is not included in this sale, but a suitable chessboard can be found here. The chessmen are as new. Each of the pieces bear the Sitzendorf factory mark. The pieces probably date to 1975 and are in as new condition.

Background.

These substantial porcelain figures were most likely made in the days of the GDR in the manufactory Ernst Bohne & Sons, which, under GDR rules, had been merged with the former Sitzendorf porcelain works. After 1990 the company emerged from the unification of the two German states as Manufactory Albert Stahl. This set probably dates back to GDR days and is strongly colored in two contrasting colors.

Additional information

Weight12 lbs
Dimensions16 × 12 × 12 in
King Height

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