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Josef Strnact

Josef Strnact Junior founded in 1881 a terracotta, majolica and faience factory in Turn-Teplitz.
From 1902, he created a subsidiary in Geisingen called "Strnact Junior".
He then purchased the ceramic factory "Anton Heller" in Turn-Teplitz.
In 1910 it employed 300 workers.
In 1934 it was repurchased by Mr. Elly Schubert and Josef Pachmann.

Josef Strnact has produced:

  • faience and majolica: vases, pieces for the garden, flowerpots, pillars, umbrella stands, tobacco jars, clock cases (mantel clocks)
  • weaved and open worked stoneware : baskets, flower receptacles
  • terra-cotta wall-pictures, majolica-letters (patented).

Source : Dieter Zuehlsdorff: Keramik-Marken Lexikon ISBN: 3-925369-40-6
Full text in German - Stamp used from before 1900 to 1933

Turn-Teplitz is located about 50 km south of Dresden, in the North Bohemian region.
Until WWI it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
After WWI it was part of Czechoslovakia and called Teplice-Trnovany. It is now part of the Czech Republic.
In the Austro-Hungarian days, Turn-Teplitz was home to several other ceramic factories, including the famous AMPHORA factory.


We have five Josef Strnact ceramic clocks.
They all have a similar "JS" marking, stamped (with "made in Austria") or embossed.
Considering their style, they seem to be dating from the early twentieth century.

Each clock has a model number, ranging from 1120 (not shown here, probably the oldest) to 1598;
The model numbers are embossed below the clock or on its back.

We've also received photos of a clock model number 1144, as well as of a clock model 1501 marked 1325.



js_1143 js_1180 js_1501 js_1598


We are very interested in any additional information that you could provide us on these faience clocks and on the Josef Strnact company,

  • When exactly were these art deco clocks produced?
  • For which markets were they targeted?
  • Did Josef Strnact produce some other clock models? How many? When? Which numbers?
  • Is the factory still running? If yes, how is it called? How big is it?
    If not, when and why did it close?
  • ...

We would be really grateful if you could send more information to our curator
We will add it ASAP into this page.
Thank you very much. 

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