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19th C German Mettlach Stoneware & Pewter Stein - Books
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Europe, Germany, Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach, Germany, 1891. "Book Spines for Doctors" - Catalog No. 2001B. A beautiful glazed stoneware beer stein with a medical books design attributed to Otto Hupp. The stein is decorated with book spines in bas relief featuring etched titles and a lid inlaid with the doctors serpent symbol and text that reads, "Wider den Tod ist kein Krautlein gewachsen" (There grows no herb against death.) The pewter thumblift features a perched owl delineated in the round. It is the second in series of eleven (2001A-2001L) that depicted books for various professions and holds 1/2 liter as noted on upper blue band. The perfect gift for your favorite doctor! Size: 5.75" W x 6.75" H (14.6 cm x 17.1 cm)

As Steigerwald and Lamb write, "The base band is slightly flared, whereas the top band is contracted. The main portion of the body of each stein depicts, in full color relief, leather spines of eleven books. There are bands at the base and top of the stein body, which are located immediately above and below the leather spines. On the profession steins these bands are blue. The blue coloring is created by the application of a blue glaze over the grey stoneware. The same color glaze was applied to the handle. The blue varies from medium to dark blue due to the color of the glaze applied to a particular stein. / The spine of each book on these steins is individually titled and divided into 4, 5 or 6 sections. Each of the book spines on a stein is individually colored to assist in appearing as though there are eleven different books on the stein." ("The Mettlach Book Steins" by Steven Steigerwald and John Lamb)

According to Therese Thomas, "Otto Hupp was not only a heraldist, he was an engraver too, a publicity designer, a ceramist; he designed book-bindings, postage stamps, and bank notes. This is just a brief view of his great talent and of his artistical activity. What is especially important for beer stein collectors and Mettlach fans is that he designed ceramics and that he worked for different breweries and vineyards. When he was only 25 years old, in 1884, he created a trademark that is still used today by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu in Munich. Almost all stein collectors have seen that sign on coasters and glasses in German pubs. The emblem has existed for over one hundred years now and gives proof that Otto Hupp was really an excellent artist." (Therese Thomas, "The Artistic Contribution of Otto Hupp to the Manufacture of Stoneware in Mettlach"

The Mettlach factor is located on the Saar River in western Germany, close to borders with Luxembourg and France, and housed on the grounds of a former Benedictine Abbey that dates to the 10th century. Interestingly, Johann Franz Boch-Buschmann founded this factory on this site in 1809, and the Villeroy & Boch company resulted from a merger with Nicolas Villeroy in 1836.

Provenance: private Long Island, New York, USA collection

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#147462
Condition
Excellent. Mettlach seal on the underside of the base with series number. Pewter mounting and thumb lift are intact and show nice patina. Details are very strong.
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19th C German Mettlach Stoneware & Pewter Stein - Books

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Jul 11, 2019
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Europe, Germany, Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach, Germany, 1891. "Book Spines for Doctors" - Catalog No. 2001B. A beautiful glazed stoneware beer stein with a medical books design attributed to Otto Hupp. The stein is decorated with book spines in bas relief featuring etched titles and a lid inlaid with the doctors serpent symbol and text that reads, "Wider den Tod ist kein Krautlein gewachsen" (There grows no herb against death.) The pewter thumblift features a perched owl delineated in the round. It is the second in series of eleven (2001A-2001L) that depicted books for various professions and holds 1/2 liter as noted on upper blue band. The perfect gift for your favorite doctor! Size: 5.75" W x 6.75" H (14.6 cm x 17.1 cm)

As Steigerwald and Lamb write, "The base band is slightly flared, whereas the top band is contracted. The main portion of the body of each stein depicts, in full color relief, leather spines of eleven books. There are bands at the base and top of the stein body, which are located immediately above and below the leather spines. On the profession steins these bands are blue. The blue coloring is created by the application of a blue glaze over the grey stoneware. The same color glaze was applied to the handle. The blue varies from medium to dark blue due to the color of the glaze applied to a particular stein. / The spine of each book on these steins is individually titled and divided into 4, 5 or 6 sections. Each of the book spines on a stein is individually colored to assist in appearing as though there are eleven different books on the stein." ("The Mettlach Book Steins" by Steven Steigerwald and John Lamb)

According to Therese Thomas, "Otto Hupp was not only a heraldist, he was an engraver too, a publicity designer, a ceramist; he designed book-bindings, postage stamps, and bank notes. This is just a brief view of his great talent and of his artistical activity. What is especially important for beer stein collectors and Mettlach fans is that he designed ceramics and that he worked for different breweries and vineyards. When he was only 25 years old, in 1884, he created a trademark that is still used today by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu in Munich. Almost all stein collectors have seen that sign on coasters and glasses in German pubs. The emblem has existed for over one hundred years now and gives proof that Otto Hupp was really an excellent artist." (Therese Thomas, "The Artistic Contribution of Otto Hupp to the Manufacture of Stoneware in Mettlach"

The Mettlach factor is located on the Saar River in western Germany, close to borders with Luxembourg and France, and housed on the grounds of a former Benedictine Abbey that dates to the 10th century. Interestingly, Johann Franz Boch-Buschmann founded this factory on this site in 1809, and the Villeroy & Boch company resulted from a merger with Nicolas Villeroy in 1836.

Provenance: private Long Island, New York, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#147462
Condition
...
Excellent. Mettlach seal on the underside of the base with series number. Pewter mounting and thumb lift are intact and show nice patina. Details are very strong.

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