Schwarzburger Werkstätten factory
Founded in 1909 by Max Adolf Pfeiffer as an art department of the Unterweissbacher Werkstätten für Porzellankunst. In the mid-twenties the “workshops” moved to the Volkstedt, which at times was united with Unterweissbach, where under the direction of Dr. Ing. Edmund Tröster the art department further expanded. They employed famous sculptors like Mauritius Pfeiffer, Dorothea Charol, Claire Volkhardt; Otto Thiem, Martha Schlameus, Paul Scheurich, Etha Richter, Wilhelm Neuhäuser and local artists such as Gustav Oppel, Arthur Storch and Hugo Meisel, all of whose figures are highly sought after today.
The early models were branded with the workshops running Fox.
Production continues today at the “Schwarzburger Werkstätten für Porzellankunst” with modern artists, such as Kati Zorn, Walter Kirchner, Peter Strang, etc.
Gustav Oppel (1891 – 1978)
German sculptor and modeller. Studied at the Royal School in Dresden, Munich and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin, a pupil of Joseph Wackerle. From 1918 he was a freelance artist working for many of the German porcelain companies. He made designs for the Schwarzburger Werkstätten for Porzellankunst in Unterweißbach, the Aelteste Volksstedter porcelain factory in Rudolstadt, for Rosenthal in Selb and the Fraureuther porcelain factory. The prestigious designer created solely for Rosenthal more than 80 characters. Member of the Dresden Art Association, the Economic Association of Saxon craftsman, of the National Association of Artists and the Professional Association of Visual Artists in Berlin. His works impress with ease, grace, and grace in movement.