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NEIGER
NEIGER

The Neiger company was started at the beginning of the 20th century in Gablonz. Norbert Neiger ran the company and Max Neiger headed the workshop. The business was successful and expanded after WW1. Their work was of the highest quality and sold well in America and Europe. They did not actually make the stamped components. These were chosen and mounted on the base by their workers - either in the workshop or by home workers. They had many imitators. Unfortunately they did not survive WW2. Not much of their work was marked - I have never had a marked piece. They are known particularly for their Chinese style and Egyptian Revival pieces in the 1920's - often using glass stones to imitate jade and coral. Less is known about their work in the 1930's. I often get asked about being able to spot a Neiger piece from the pieces made by their competitors. This is not easy. The backs of the pieces are important - their backs were often stronger - as there was more decoration on the front! The design of the individual elements can give a clue. I do hope one day someone will have enough information to write a book! The items in the picture are generally accepted to be by Neiger.


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