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Ludwig Foltz II
Regensburg & Munich, Bavaria.
Architekt, Entwerfer & Modelleur / Architect, Designer & Modeller.

Foltz was also a stonemason and therefore by inference, a Mason. Villeroy & Boch, a staunchly Roman Catholic company, would not have tolerated masonic marks on their steins and once identified, removed them. However he managed to include his "signature" on new designs in very subtle ways. Foltz was born, Bingen am Rhein in 1809. Most of his stein designs date from the 1840's and 1850's. In 1837 he was a teacher at a vocational school in Regensburg, after which he was appointed a professor at Munich Technical College. Between 1860 and 1863 he was the architect on the completion of the Neupfarrkirche, Regensburg. Finally, he finished his days creating statues and other stone & wood carvings at the Frauenkirche in Munich. He died, Munich in 1867. 
Designed for:
Villeroy & Boch #6, #24, #32, #33, #103, #168, #171, #202, #225, #231, #328, #454, #762, #1037, 
Ernst March Söhne of Charlottenburg-Berlin
Dorfner & Co, Hirschau.
E.Kick. Amberg

References: Wikipedia  Roy DeSelms / Bob Wilson 
heimatforschung-regensburg 1   heimatforschung-regensburg 2


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One of the base marks used on Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #216,

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Moulded mark on Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #225, 
designed by Ludwig Foltz II.

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Moulded mark from one of the Mettlach 328 series of six steins. Foltz's masonic signature is not always easy to find. This mark is the most obtrusive in this series.


Ludwig Foltz II 13-8-16-1

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #216, thought to have been designed by Ludwig Folz II. The lid has the Brauerstern.(Brewer's Star)

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Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #225, 
designed by Ludwig Foltz II.

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Very rare Ludwig Foltz's Stone-Mason's mark on a
Proto-Mettlach stein.


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Foltz was an early designer for Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach, together with Ernst March Söhne - Charlottenburg. When Foltz realised his stonemason's marks were being deleted by V&B Mettlach, he devised a more cryptic symbol, a goblet on a shield, or "The Humpenburg Wappen", which was a version of a symbol used by the Munich Artist's Society, of which Foltz's elder brother, Philipp was a member. This symbol is on almost all his designs from the Cologne beakers onward.


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Moulded mark on Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #225, 
designed by Ludwig Foltz II.

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Foltz was an early designer for Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach, together with Ernst March Söhne - Charlottenburg. When Foltz realised his stonemason's marks were being deleted by V&B Mettlach, he devised a more cryptic symbol, a goblet on a shield, or "The Humpenburg Wappen", which was a version of a symbol used by the Munich Artist's Society, of which Foltz's elder brother, Philipp, was a member. This symbol is on almost all his designs from the Cologne beakers onward.

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