"Cameo" Stein #2714
Stein of the
Month: May 2006
by SCI Master
Steinologist Walt Vogdes
|Mettlach's so-called "cameo" wares are quite distinctive in
appearance, and they employ a combination of techniques. The 0.3 L stein seen
here shows three courting scenes. The framework surrounding these scenes is
etched, as are the design elements on the lid inlay and the handle. The scenes
themselves, which are in low relief against (in this case) a blue background,
have a filmy, somewhat translucent appearance. In "The Mettlach Book"
Gary Kirsner explains that these reliefs are formed from a finer clay selected
for its porcelain-like properties, allowing subtle shadings of coloration. At
the edges of the relief, where the material is thinnest, the background color
shows through, giving the reliefs an appearance similar to the gemstone or shell
cameos from which these pieces get their name.
close-up of one scene from this stein shows the translucent quality of the
(Does anyone remember Ruth Buzzi (Gladys) and Arte
Johnson (Tyrone) from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In?)
|This stein, model #2714, was first produced in 1900-1901, and
this particular example is dated 1901, a time when the Art Nouveau aesthetic,
seen in the framework, the inlay and the handle, was rapidly gaining in
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