Schoenau & Hoffmeister
The Schoenau & Hoffmeister porcelain factory, also known as Porzellanfabrik Burggrub, was located in Burggrub, Germany
and was founded by Arthur Schoenau and Carl Hoffmeister in 1901. By 1907 the two partners were in disagreement
to the type of porcelain heads for their dolls. Hoffmeister insisted on producing shoulder head dolls, while Schoenau wanted to produce socket head dolls. Unable to resolve there differences Carl Hoffmeister left and Arthur Schoenau became the sole owner.
In 1911 Arthur passed away and his son Hans Schoenau took over as
director of the company, next directorship was Arthur's widow Caroline and son Curt Schoenau. It was
son Curt who supplied the sculptor Caesar Schneider with a photo of Princess Elizabeth that was used
to make their famous bisque head Princess Elizabeth doll.
Schoenau & Hoffmeister supplied bisque doll heads to the following: Kurt
Bruckner, Canzler & Hoffman, Cuno & Otto
Dressel, Edmond Edelmann, Gebrüder Eckhardt, Edmond
Knoch, Rudolph Leschhorn, Ernst Liebermann, Eg. Mich Ernst Luthardt,
Werner Luthardt, Ernst Maar & Sohn, Hans Süssenguth, Friedrich Voight, Hermann
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Antique Schoenau & Hoffmeister Dolls Identified
Items shown below are for reference
1910 + Character Baby or Toddler Doll - 12-30" tall, bisque socket head,
composition jointed body with bent limbs, wigged, glass eyes, open mouth.
S star symbol with P B inside H,
Porzellanfabrik Burggrub, 165, 169, 170, 769, 900, 914, Special, Burggrub Baby.
Character Toddler Doll mold 169, 25"
Hanna, Character Baby Doll
- 14-26" tall,
bisque socket head, composition bent limb jointed body, wigged, large
glass eyes, painted lashes, painted feathered brows, open smiling mouth with teeth.
S star symbol with PB inside H, Hanna.
Shown on right;
Hanna, 14" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed baby with
bent limb body, blue glass sleep eyes, painted lower lashes, open mouth with upper teeth.
ebay auction ended 24 APR 2011
final value $1,320
Hanna, Character Baby
1929 Princess Elizabeth Doll
- 14-24" tall, bisque
socket head, jointed composition body, blonde mohair wig, blue sleep
eyes, open smiling mouth with upper teeth.
Porzellanfabrik Burggrub Princess Elizabeth Made in Germany D.R.G.M.
1929 Princess Elizabeth Doll,
Child Dolly Face doll - 14-40" tall.
bisque shoulder head or socket head, jointed composition or kid body,
wigged, glass eyes, open mouth.
symbol with PB inside H, 500, 914, 1000, 1200, 1400, 1700, 1800, 1904, 1906, 1909,
1916, 1923, 2500, 4500,
4700, 5300, 5700, 5800
Child Dolly Face doll mold 1906, 23"
Kunstlerkopf Child Doll (art head doll) -
15-16 or 24" tall,
bisque child doll with a slender face, wigged, glass stationary eyes, open mouth.
Künstlerkopf, 4000, 4600, 5000 or 5500
doll mold 4000 S star symbol
Künstlerkopf Child Doll
mold 4000, 16"
Schoenau & Hoffmeister Doll Trade Names
Autoliebchen doll (Auto Sweetheart doll), 1913 Bébé Carmencita doll, Burggrub Baby doll, Das Lachende doll (DALABA, The Laughing Baby), Hanna
doll, Kunstlerkopf doll (art head doll), 1912 My Cherub doll, Princess Elizabeth
doll, Viola doll. 1884-1925+ Arthur Schoenau of
Sonneberg identifying doll marks; AS, ASS, MD.
Hoffmeister also made bisque doll heads for Edmund
Edelmann marked SPBH Mona, Melitta or Mine and for Ernst Liebermann
a doll named Violet and possibly
Additional Schoenau & Hoffmeister Dolls not shown
ca. 1925 Solid Dome Infant
doll, 10-14" tall, bisque flange neck,
cloth body, composition limbs, painted hair, small glass sleep eyes, closed mouth.
Usually marked: N.K.B with or without a German stamp.
Das Lachende Baby doll (The Laughing Baby doll), 14-24" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed bent limb body, wigged, glass eyes, open smiling mouth with two upper teeth. Usually marked:
Porzellanfabrik Burggrub Das Lachende Baby 1930 Made in Germany D.R.G.M.
Character Doll, 12, 18-22" tall, bisque socket head, jointed composition body, wigged, rounded eyes, painted brows, open
mouth. An Oriental doll mold 4900, 9" tall. Usually marked: S star symbol with PB inside, H and OX.
Schoenau & Hoffmeister Identifying Doll Mold Numbers