Glass with coat of arms of Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Charles Edward
Artist/Maker: Fritz van Hauten
Artist/Maker Dates: 1851 - 1929
Place of Production: Germany, Bonn
Date of Production: beg. of 20th century
Materials: glass, paint
Height: 15.1 cm.
Condition notes: Wear consistent with age and use
The company was originated by Friedrich van Hauten’s father, sometime in the early nineteenth century. However the history of the company really started, when Friedrich purchased 31 & 32 Sternstraße, the factory outlet shop belonging to Franz Joseph Wessel of Ludwig Wessel G.m.b.H, on the 26th July 1851. During the latter half of the nineteenth century, Friedrich took on a partner, named Gustav Albert Springmann. Not much is known about Albert Springmann, other than he was born in Louisenstraße N.1501&1/2 (now 58) Elberfeld - Wuppertal on the 5th October, 1861. Between 1880 and 1890 Friedrich’s son, Fritz van Hauten (born 1853) took over the day to day management of the Sternstraße companies, which was in addition to his other duties as owner and manager of the glass and stoneware decorating business, Van Hauten Sohn, based in Westraße, Bonn. On 27th February 1894, Friedrich van Hauten died and Fritz took over the ownership of the companies, whilst retaining the original company names.
By 1896 the Sternstraße companies of Friedrich van Hauten had been appointed: Hoflieferant Seiner Majestät des Kaisers und Königs von Preussen or, Court supplier to his Majesty, the Emperor and King of Prussia. This grand title was bestowed by Kaiser Wilhelm I.
So by 1902, the company structure was as follows:
1. Sternstraße 32: Friedrich van Hauten. Hoflieferant. Commercial art products, luxury and fashion items; speciality - coats of arms decoration.
2. Sternstraße 31: Friedrich van Hauten. Hoflieferant. Glass, crystal and porcelain wares. Stocks of electroplated nickel silver cutlery and Britanniaware, a type of pewter. Artistic lamps of all types. Exclusive distribution of porcelain from both the Königlich Saxon & Meissen factories. Genuine Christofle cutlery at factory prices.
3. Westraße. Van Hauten Sohn (Inhaber Fritz van Hauten). Metal and glassware factory. Faience decoration. This company supplied the Sternstraße companies, with decorated and lidded steins, the bodies of which originated from Villeroy & Boch, Merkelbach & Wick, plus several glass factories.
Incidentally, Fritz’s home address is known to have been Thomastraße 20, Bonn, which is a 15 minute walk from Sternstraße.
This company structure worked well until circa 1914, when Fritz at the age of 60 or 61, sold the Sternstraße companies to Maria Grootens Nachfolger Dr. A. Reindel & Sohn.
Fritz van Hauten continued at Weststraße as Van Hauten Sohn, but with his studio's work marked ambiguously, as F van Hauten until at least 1928/9.
He was not listed in the address books in 1930, the year of his death. A branch of W.M.F.Württembergische MetallwarenFabrik now occupies Sternstraße 32.
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