From 1860, Hugo Lonitz & Co. of Neuhaldensleben, Germany were producing
luxury and utilitarian majolica of a very high standard.
The wares were
exhibited alongside the important English Minton, and George Jones
makers at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876; Works of Art
Exhibition in Leipzig in 1879; and at the Melbourne Exhibition of 1880.
In 1885, they advertised their products as - Palissy-Majolica artistic
and useful objects, animal heads and statuettes, especially in imitation
of bronzes. They were awarded an order of merit at the Melbourne
Exhibition of 1880.
Most Lonitz pieces are marked with an "Oval" containing the double fish as
pictured below. The number represents a production code for the
object or a Lonitz model number.