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Franz Rudolf Frisching

Franz Rudolf Frisching
Franz Rudolf Frisching in the uniform of an officer of the Bernese Jäger Corps with his Berner Laufhund, painted by Jean Preudhomme in 1785.
Born Franz Rudolf Frisching
Bern, Switzerland
Died 1807
Spouse(s) Anne Madeleine van Back (1738–1763)
Secondly Frisching married Armanda Gross (1743–1829) in 1764 (the marriage was divorced later)
Children First marriage: Johann Rudolf (1761–1838)
Anna Adrienne Margarethe (1755–1800)
Second marriage: Julia Armanda (1768–1807)
Parents Vinzenz Frisching (1689–1764), Master of Schlosswil

Franz Rudolf Frisching (1733–1807) was a Bernese patrician, officer, politician and industrialist.

Life and career

Franz Rudolf Frisching was the son of Vinzenz Frisching (1689–1764) who was Master of Schlosswil. In 1748 Franz Rudolf Frisching became a member of the Swiss Guard of the Netherlands where he achieved the rank of a colonel.[1] In 1764 Frisching became a member of the Grand Council of Bern. In 1770 he became bailiff in the Vallemaggia, in 1780 bailiff in St. Johannsen and in 1793 office holder in Wimmis.[2] He was lieutenant colonel of the Bernese Jäger Corps.[3]

Franz Rudolf Frisching was the founder of the Frisching Faience Manufactory in Bern.[4]

Between 1750 and 1777 the Frisching family was in the possession of the large Lorraine Gut, a former country estate which is now part of the city of Bern.[5] Franz Rudolf Frisching’s ancestor, Samuel Frisching II, built the Frisching-Haus, now known as the Béatrice-von-Wattenwyl-Haus on the Junkerngasse in Bern.


  1. ^ Burgerbibliothek Bern, FA von Tscharner A 126 (16). Certificate of appointment for Franz Rudolf Frisching de Wyl, appointed as a member of the Swiss Guard in the rank of a lieutenant. Dated: Denstage den 7 July 1748, signed: Prince d'Orange & Nassau, Ter Ordonnantie van Zyne Hoogheid
  2. ^ Staatsarchiv Bern, HBLS Bd. 3, p. 341
  3. ^ Schreibkalender samt dem Regimentsbüchlein beinhaltend die weltliche und geistliche Verfassung der Stadt und Republik Bern auf das Jahr 1775
  4. ^ Historisches Museum Bern: Geschirr für Stadt und Land – Berner Töpferei seit dem 16. Jahrhundert, Bern 2007, p. 22
  5. ^ Adolf Hebeisen: Die Lorraine in Bern. Verlag Paul Haupt, Bern 1952, p. 13


  • Walter A. Staehelin: Keramische Forschungen aus bernischen Archiven in: Keramikfreunde der Schweiz, Mitteilungsblatt Nr. 81(1970), p. 3-34
  • Robert L. Wyss: Kachelöfen. in: Bern und die bildenden Künste, in: Illustrierte Berner Enzyklopädie, Bd. IV. Kunst und Kultur im Kanton Bern, Bern 1987, p. 107-109
  • Historisches Museum Bern: Geschirr für Stadt und Land – Berner Töpferei seit dem 16. Jahrhundert. Bern 2007, 2. 22-25. ISBN 978-3-9523573-8-5 (BHM)
  • André Holenstein: Berns goldene Zeit. Das 18. Jahrhundert neu entdeckt, Bern 2008, p. 112
  • Roland Petitmermet: Berner Uniformen 1700–1850. Historischer Verein des Kantons Bern, Bern 1977, ISBN 3-85731-002-2

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