Leipzig: Riquethaus

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange
Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

1908–1909

Architect: Paul Lange

Schuhmachergässchen 1–3, Leipzig

From 1908 to 1909, the business and exhibition building of the Riquet company was built according to the plans of the architect Paul Lange.

Besides cocoa, chocolate, choco­lates and wafers from its own production, the company also traded in Japanese, Chinese and Oriental goods.

Two copper-driven elephant heads on the entrance door are the trademark of the company.

The architect found the model for the two-story curved roof turret of the house in classical Chinese architecture.

Parapets, pillars, main cornice and round gable are decorated with colorful mosaics in Art Nouveau style.

After the Edict of Fontainebleau in 1685 forbade the Huguenots to practice their religion freely, the Riquet family emigrated from France to Germany.

Jean George Riquet opened a „colonial wholesale business“ in Leipzig on November 15, 1745.

The company, which imported tea, coffee and spices, was initially located in Katharinenstraße, and from 1763 in Klostergasse 5.

Among Riquet’s customers was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who declared the brand his favorite chocolate and kept up a lively corre­spon­dence with Jean George Riquet.

After Riquet’s death, his nephew of the same name continued to run the business from 1791, handing it over to his partner Christian Friedrich Meyer in 1818, who expanded it into a „Thee-Specialgeschäft“.

Around 1850, Meyer estab­lished a department for retail trade in cocoa, English cookies, jams, coffee, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, Japanese and Chinese goods.

In 1890, the company began producing cocoa.

The number of employees increased steadily, and in 1921 there were about seven hundred employees working for Riquet.

Chocolate under the Riquet name has been produced by Waldbaur in Stuttgart since 1945.

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908-1909. Architekt: Paul Lange

Riquethaus, 1908–1909. Architect: Paul Lange

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