Chromolith (etched stein)

At the World's Fair of Philadelphia ( 1876 ) and Paris ( 1878 ), Villeroy & Boch Mettlach introduced a completely new branch of production, chromolith (= colored stone). The decor was created by processing different colored masses.

But a few years earlier, at the World's Fair in Vienna ( 1873 ), this new form of fine stoneware caused a great sensation.

Consequently, it is not surprising that these magnificent stoneware vessels were already exhibited throughout the 1880s in private homes, museums, restaurants, coffeehouses and pubs. In the modern beer palaces of the big cities, the lovely works of art produced great admiration.

Now you could of course note that also other manufacturers such procedures applied. However, these had little in common with the Mettlach Chromolith technique .

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