Burgenland and Villeroy and Boch marks
One of our most popular lines of dinnerware is Villeroy and Boch’s ‘Burgenland’. It is no wonder, the pattern was made from 1930 all the way up to 2002. This is one of the longest production times of any pattern I know about, except for some of Meissen’s classic patterns still in production.
The popularity is understandable, the form of the wares is simple, and they are made of humble and inexpensive earthenware. The decoration however is very opulent; very ornate floral bands with romantic scenes of grotesque landscapes within. The decor originates from copper plate prints transferred on to the earthenware This technique makes for very attractive and detailed imagery.
There is something funny with Burgenland, on the front wares from the 30s, 50s, 70s and 90s are completely indistinguishable. If you take into account the enormous changes in production standards and methods in this long period this is very remarkable. It is therefore that we choose to not make a distinction between the hardly vintage wares from the late 90s and the nearly antique wares from the 30s. If the condition is the same the item is the same.
The back of the items tell another story. In my photographic archive I’ve found 5 different backstamps of Burgenland items. I’ll post them below with links to the products so you can judge V&B’s standards for yourself.
This is the oldest Burgenland mark, dating from the early 30s. Link to product.
One of the oldest Burgenland marks, in use on Burgenland from the mid 30s until 1947. Link to product.
This mark was used in the late 40s and 50s. Link to product.
This mark, printed in the same shade of blue as the blue Burgenland was used in the 60s and replaced in the mid 70s. Link to product.
The mark on the right is the newest Burgenland mark, in use from the 70s until 2002. Link to product.