An Austrian Majolica Stein
by Serguei Artiouchkov
|This stein was produced by Austrian company of Rudolf Ditmar (1881 - 1919) around 1890-1900.
There is a mark at the bottom that is hardly seen in the picture below but is actually recognizable.
The Austrian steins are quite rare - they were not made in large quantities. R.Ditmar pieces
represent some special collector's interest because of their rarity and excellent quality.
R.Ditmar Majolica steins have a look all of their own. They are made of earthenware with an opaque tin glaze which covers the entire body. They come in both colored glazed relief and over-the-glaze transfers. This stein is made with a multi-colored glaze and depicts a relief decoration of baby Bacchus laying on a beer barrel tasting a brew.
For more information on the Rudolf Ditmar and his Majolica steins, there is an excellent article by Ron Fox in the March 2006 issue of Prosit.