The Fürstenberg porcelain manufactory, founded in 1747 in the town of Fürstenberg an der Weser, is one of the three oldest European porcelain factories still in operation.
It was founded by Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel both as part of an initiative to bolster the duchy’s economy and for the prestige of producing fine porcelain.
In 1753 the blue F was introduced that is still carried by all Fürstenberg today.
The factory has remained on the forefront of trends in European porcelain production throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
An important event is that the company became a public, privately owned company in 1888. The other courtly German porcelain factories (Meissen, KPM and Nymphenburg) all remained, and still remain, publicly owned.
Perhaps it is because of this difference that Fürstenberg, in it’s 20th century production, focussed on mass produced wares more than these competitors. Fürstenberg remained exclusive, but not as exclusive as Meissen, KPM and Nymphenburg. The factory embraced the Bauhaus adage that high quality goods should be attainable for all.
Fürstenberg remains an interesting factory. Operating from the original site they produce wares both very modern and rich in tradition (some 18th century designs are still produced).