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.