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Carstens Tönnieshof

Carstens Tönnieshof was formed in 1945 by Christian and Ernst Carstens. The original company had been formed in 1900, but by the end of the Second World War, most of their East German factories had been seized.

Carstens Tönnieshof was seen as a new era for the company, utilising the skills of designers such as Gerda Heuckeroth, Trude Carstens, Heinz Siery, and Rudolph Christmann.

In 1953, the firm acquired the license to produce Friedrich Goldscheider designs. Goldscheider was based in Vienna, Austria, and during this period some Carstens pieces were produced there. These were marked with ‘Austria’ or ‘Carstens Austria’, and were made with white clay rather than the standard red. The licensing agreement between Goldscheider and Carstens Tönnieshof ended in 1959.

In the mid-1960s, the company purchased the Braemore Pottery in Sydney, Australia. The pottery produced from the Braemore factory was marked ‘BC’ before the number, and like the Austrian wares had a white ceramic body. Braemore Carstens was closed in 1973.

Like many others, the company struggled financially until it was closed in 1984.

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