Villeroy & Boch
|Type||Public (ISIN: DE0007657231)|
|Founded||Lorraine, Holy Roman Empire (1748 )|
|Founder(s)||François Boch and Nicolas Villeroy|
|Key people||Frank Göring, Manfred Finger, Volker Pruschke|
|Products||cutlery, bathroom ceramics|
€744 million (2012)€743 million (2011)
The company began in the tiny Lorraine village of Audun le Tiche, where François Boch set up a pottery company with his three sons in 1748. Later the company moved to nearby Luxembourg, where it operated a porcelain factory. In 1801 the company moved to the nearby town of Mettlach, Saarland. On 14 April 1836, the Jean François Boch company merged with that of a competitor, Nicolas Villeroy, and became Villeroy & Boch, V&B (also simply 'VB'). Majority shares of V&B owned by Eczacibasi holding.
Among its innovations in Mettlach at the end of the nineteenth century.was Phanolith, a kind of semi-transparent porcelain that combines the characteristics and benefits of jasperware and pate-sur-pate. The creator of the Phanolith was the ceramics artist Jean-Baptiste Stahl, who headed the modelling section of Villeroy & Boch. Phanolith gained first wide public attention at the Exposition Universelle (1900), in Paris.
The company's Luxembourg factory was closed down in 2010. While the company is no longer run by a family member with the present Group Chairman of Villeroy & Boch being Frank Goering, there are however various family members presently working in the company. Since 1990 the company has been listed on the German stock market, ticker symbol VIB3, but the voting capital is still in the hands of the family descendants.
Vase with the decor "Old Luxemburg"
Vase of Phanolith-stoneware, design and realization Jean-Baptiste Stahl (1869-1932)
Phanolith wall plate: design and realization Jean-Baptiste Stahl (1869-1932)
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- Company homepage Villeroy-Boch.com
- Chateau de Septfontaines ... origin of VB factories
- Museum of Ceramics by Villeroy & Boch
- Anna Boch.com, impressionist painter, famous Art Collector - Boch family 4th generation
- Eugene Boch.com, impressionist painter, friend of Vincent van Gogh - Boch family 4th generation
- A history of the Villeroy - Boch porcelain markings
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