FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We love to hear from Royal Bayreuth (RB) fans - and welcome your comments and questions. Below is an overview of some popular questions:

 

1) How much is my piece worth? We cannot provide appraisals thru the website - that would not be fair to anyone. Prices can range from $5 to $15,000 US dollars. Past "book values" are no longer good guides. To get a idea of value, check eBay and LiveAuctioneers (links below). Once you have a free account you can lookup sold prices for RB - a valuable FREE resource!

 

2) Do you want to buy my collection/pieces - or can you help me sell my inherited collection? It would not be fair for the website contacts to buy from such offers. However, you can become a member of the club and we will run adverts in the club newsletter (and via email to all club members) of what you would like to sell. You will reach hundreds of RB fans worldwide for just a few dollars. Also, some members are professional auctioneers and would be happy to help sell a collection via public auction.

 

3) Why is there little mention of dinnerware? There are two categories of dinnerware;

- Vintage that is often in a blue motif and quite collectible

- Modern (1920s on up) that is generally of less interest

 

4) Where can I buy a plate to match my dinnerware service or obtain a value of a dinnerware piece? One of the best sources to illustrate modern Royal Bayreuth dinnerware - or to obtain additional place settings is: Replacements Ltd.

 

 

5) I found a piece I really like - how many more are out there? The RB Artists were very prolific and creative - new pieces are found each year sparking debate amongst seasoned collectors. They made many different sizes and colors of most designs. Many pieces are attributed to Royal Bayreuth, but are not RB. You can usually tell by the weight/texture of the porcelain and attention to detail of the artistry and mark. In addition to what you may find on eBay & LiveAuctioneers, here is an introductory page showing a tiny portion of what has been sold at our club auctions.

 

 

6) How old is my piece/what do marks mean? RB has been making porcelain for over 200 years - and knock-offs are being made today in China. To understand the true age of a piece you need to touch, feel, and hear old porcelain. Most shops/sellers will not allow that - but during our annual convention you will learn how to identify the good from the bad! The majority of figural RB pieces were sold from 1890 - 1920s, so chances are your piece is about 100 years old. The "1794" shown on the mark is when the works was founded (not the age of your piece). Marks on the bottom will help date the piece. Generally, green marks were used from 1885 to 1902, blue marks (the most common) were used from 1902 until the late 1920s. There can be many other marks found on your RB - a good guide is HERE.

 

 

7) Was Royal Bayreuth porcelain made in the German city of Bayreuth? The city of Bayreuth is famous for many things - usually related to music - but cannot claim production of our favorite porcelain. RB Porcelain was made in the city of Tettau Germany. Königlich privilegierte Porzellanmanufaktur Tettau is the factory in Tettau Germany that made "Old Tettau Blue" pieces (usually marked by a stylized "T") and pieces we collect marked "Royal Bayreuth". After WWII dinnerware marked "Royal Bayreuth" were produced in other factories (but not in the city of Bayreuth). A good guide to the timeline & marks is HERE.

 

"Royal Bayreuth" was added to the marks on porcelain produced in the Tettau factory after the 1897 fire that destroyed it. History seems to be lost as to why. We know that each new owner changed the mark. Perhaps the factory wanted a fresh beginning after the fire so added "Royal Bayreuth" to their new line of decorative ware. "Royal" could have come from the royal sanction the factory received in 1794. "Bayreuth" may have been added as acknowledgement that the science used to create the fine white porcelain was promoted by Alexander von Humbolt a resident of Bayreuth.

 

 

8) Where can I learn more? Attending a convention is a must for any RB fan. A good article is HERE. Otherwise, the best source would be the books written by longtime member Mary McCaslin. Those are packed with info - visit out links page for details of those and other books HERE.

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CONTACTS

Website & Newsletter: editor@royalbayreuth.org

 

 

GENERAL LINKS

Club Website

Quick History

Membership Application

Royal Bayreuth on eBay Now

LiveAuctioneers RB For Sale

 

 

Revised: April 29, 2021