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Humboldt, tettau and the porcelain

Humboldt, tettau and the porcelain

Not glass, but porcelain and the 250. Alexander humboldt’s birthday was the focus of attention in the festival hall on sunday evening. The naturalist and world burger left his mark on franconia and tettau and helped shape the history of porcelain. It was an entertaining event with good speeches, impressive pictures, lots of information and stylish china. And the impression has solidified that tettau, glass and porcelain go together.

District local historian gunter dippold gave a gripping lecture on alexander von humboldt. Helmut heinz and helmut seifferth staged an exhibition covering four centuries of porcelain and humboldt’s relationship to the porcelain industry. The rosler family from rosler ceramtec put in a great effort. Marietta and corinna rosler created more than just a "humboldt cup, but also exhibited porcelain treasures.

For him as a glassmaker, the compilation of the exhibition was connected with new experiences, helmut heinz summed up. "Porcelain is already and fascinates – whether as a figurine or tableware."

Alexander von humboldt met her at the end of her studies while researching a scientific paper on the history of the industrial region of tettau, marietta rosler explained. She was surprised to learn how closely the origins of the royal porcelain factory in tettau were linked to the schauberger blue dye and later porcelain factory. She was convinced that – if the construction of a porcelain factory in schauberg had not failed due to various obstacles – rosler ceramtec could be the oldest porcelain factory in bavaria.

She pointed out that the porcelain industry had sunk into insignificance due to changed consumer behavior and cheap imports and spoke of a duty of honor towards alexander von humboldt. The rosler family felt obliged to this order. The aim was not to build museums, but to maintain the porcelain tradition in schauberg and the tettau region through intensive efforts, research and innovation.

In a gripping way, dippold told of the life of alexander von humboldt. This came at the age of 22 years, namely on the 12. July 1792, for the first time as a preubian mining assessor to the region and to the office of lauenstein. Until the spring of 1797, humboldt was committed to mining in franconia and brought it to a new, final flowering. Humboldt also wrote the foundations for his scientific life’s work in franconia.

Steel factory and blue dye plant

During his french years, alexander von humboldt also provided important impulses for the development of porcelain and glass manufacturing. For example, in order to reduce the problem of wood as a source of energy, he had offered the companies in the area the long-term possibility of using coal from nearby stockheim. Thanks to humboldt, the steel factory in ludwigsstadt began operations. Still in his last weeks of service, in december 1796, humboldt solicited state aid for the blue dye factory in schauberg, which was to be revived and which processed cobalt from nearby kaulsdorf.

The blue dye works, founded in 1712, had belonged to the pensel family since 1741. 1790 it is described as flourishing with 18 to 20 workers. But it did not withstand the economic upheavals during the napoleonic wars. It was shut down and converted into a porcelain factory in 1815. From 1816 this factory belonged to the greiner family. After several changes of ownership, it still exists today (company rosler ceramtec). The steel factory in ludwigsstadt hardly existed beyond the 1830s. And the royal porcelain factory, which humboldt helped found, existed until the 21st century. Century. In 2018, after a long death struggle, the factory came to an end.

Mayor peter ebertsch regretted that the 250th anniversary of humboldt’s birth had to be celebrated. On the occasion of humboldt’s 50th birthday, the gates of the "konigliche" were opened were closed. He is therefore all the more pleased that with rosler ceramtec, porcelain honor and history are being held in high regard. He also thanked the rosler family for donating the proceeds of the humboldt cups to the tettau elementary school.

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