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Authentic and Exceptional Antique German Enamelware Onion Basket
Made in Germany by Ulrich Freres of Maikammer, Germany in the late 19th/early 20th century

Original, not a reproduction.

Lovely old kitchen onion basket from one of Germany's best-known enamelware producers, Ulrich Freres, which began productionin Maikammer, Germany in 1851. This kind of piece would have hung in nearly every kitchen in Germany (and throughout Europe) as a pretty and partical way of storing onions. It would have been part of a "batterie de cuisine", a kitchen set, including pots and pans, coffee pots, utsensil rack, match box and others, all in the same pattern. It was very popular to have one's entire kitchen decorated in a particular pattern and color of enamelware, turning everyday utsensils into decoration!

I love the color and design of this piece with "Zwiebeln" (onions) written in elegant black lettering. The onion basket is in wonderful condition as seen in the photos with only minor chips and no rust. Unlike most antique enamelware, pieces that hung on the wall are generally better preserved as they were handled less seldomly. It has lovely lacework on the front panel to allow the onions to breath. I use one similar to this in my own kitchen and wouldn't be without it! Such a charming and pretty way to store one's onions!!

As with all Ulrich Freres pieces, It is hightly collectible and gorgeous when hung on the kitchen wall filled with onions or even, flowers!!

About French Enameled Ware: "Every piece, for those who can see it, has a fascinating little detail. It can be the shape or the decoration, the color of a flower, a butterfly, a bird trying to catch a bee, a landscape in winter, a sunrise, or simply the elegant curve of a handle or spout that makes it so unique. This unlimited variety of style and design makes French enameled ware so incredibly alive and charming that even people who have not seen it before have to stop and admire it. ... What makes it so special and attractive is the use of colors and wonderful designs, so close to nature or so abstract (depending on the peiod), but always striving for esthetic and artistic perfection." from French Enameled Ware for the Collector, Yves Moureau and Elyan Reboul, 2003.

RESERVED for Megan - Antique German Kitchen Onion Basket, Enamelware


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Material: Enameled Steel
  • Ships worldwide from Massachusetts, United States
  • Feedback: 48 reviews
  • Favorited by: 83 people