Q: This mark is on the bottom of a porcelain pitcher that was given to me by a relative at least 50 years ago. The pitcher is decorated with the image of a young woman and stands about four inches tall. The design is in relief.
I know nothing about how old it is, who made it or its value.
A: Your cream pitcher was made by Royal Bayreuth around 1900. The company has been in Tettau, Bavaria, Germany, since 1794. Your pitcher is an example of the “Art Nouveau Lady” series that included a plethora of pieces that included pitchers, toothpick holders, dresser sets, candlestick holders, vases, baskets, bowls and humidors. This series was available in both white satin finish and multicolored finish. Pitchers can be found in three sizes: water, milk and cream. The value of your cream pitcher would probably be $200 to $400.
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