which originated in Italy, is a porous ceramic (earthenware) which has been
covered with a white tin-glaze to provide a fine surface for decorating. It was
developed as an alternative to Chinese porcelain which had been imported into
Europe since about 800 A.D., but which the Europeans were unable to duplicate
until Böttger unlocked the secret about 1710 in Germany. As porcelain (and
glass) became more available and affordable, faience declined in popularity.
Stein of the
Month: February 2001
This stein, about 1 liter in capacity, was made in 1882, well after the period
of fine faience production. Even so, it is very nicely hand-painted, the entire
body surface being covered with a "medieval" design. The central
figures are a man and woman, probably in a marriage ceremony. They are flanked
on either side by attendants, and behind the handle are two shields, partially
visible above, signifying the union of two families. The stein is signed
("B.F.") and dated 1882 below the lower handle attachment. The date is
repeated on the pewter lid..
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