Treasures from the 1700's
May 2000 - from Dave Swinford
Here are some scans of two faience steins I picked up at an
estate auction a
couple years ago. They are some of my favorites. The Bayreuth stein
yellow decoration) is marked BFS, indicating it was made during the
Shrenck reign, which was 1745-1747. The lid is a possible replacement,
it has an architectural medallion in the center which shows the Munich
I haven't seen or heard of another Bayreuth stein with these marks.
The second stein is probably Thuringia, given its handle and the
shaping of the
rim on the body. Dave adds that the red and yellow decoration on this
piece is on
top of the glaze which covers the body and the other colors. This
insight into one of the difficulties faced at this time, since the
for the red and yellow colors could not withstand the high temperature
normal firing, and had to be added later, and the piece fired again at
temperature. These colors have a coarser, relief nature, which is
obvious to the
|Faience stein (called a
because of the
pilasters in the design) made by the Bayreuth factory, ca. 1745-1747.
Base marks are shown to the right. Note the swirled lines caused when a
wire or string was pulled under the clay body to separate it from the
|Faience stein (again, a Pilasterkrug) made in Thuringia.
(Bob Alutin) via SteinTalk - Re: "BFS" mark. The firm
name lasted only two years because of the untimely death of Frankel.
retained only a few of the better painters from the preceding Knoller
The Knoller period was a tough act to follow. Also the competition of
was starting to be felt. Eventually, Frankel's wife and son's got
Schreck's son-in-law and carried on with the firm. Bayreuth steins with
on the bottom do show up from time to time. Generally when the stein is
by an exceptional artist, his initials appear under the BFS mark.
help you on price; however the Pilaster design is not considered rare
and if the
cartouche is empty, not so desirable. Bayreuth was considered one of
manufacturers of faience over their history of 1719-1788.