February Stein of the Month

 February Stein of the Month

Matthias Hein Rare Renaissance-Red Mettlach Stein Set

by Johnsamuel Coleman


set of steins                                                                          bottom of steins

Complete set of renaissance red steins                                    Bottom of steins number 1983 with date.

3.4 liter Pouring stein is number 1984


We do not know much biographical data on Matthias Hein, with the exception that he worked for Villeroy & Boch between 1885 and 1901 and created these two well known Mettlach steins, numbers 1997 (PUG) – George Ehret Brewery and Mettlach no. 2824- Wartburg Krug.


Ehret                                                                                                          Wartburg

Mettlach number 1997/pug-George Ehret Brewery        Mettlach number 2824- Wartburg Krug.

The here discussed Mettlach number 1983 introduces a Renaissance red color not repeated on any other Mettlach stein.

pattern                                                                                            steinpair

Renaissance Red color pattern    

It is the color of Renaissance red.                                           Mettlach number 1983-¼ liter, ½ liter


You can see the clear lines between the clay inserts to form this pattern. Also note the reversal of color in the pattern. On the 3.4 liter the background color is white while on the ¼ and ½ liters the Renaissance red is in the background color. This creates a very striking color contrast.


The handle is also unique in that there are clay insert patterns on it. That means the handle is also etched. All three sizes were signed: M. [atthias] Hein by the handle.

hein signature                                             hein sig2                                                     hein sig3

 signature on stein no 1997           signature on stein no 1994         View of the signature field

The acorn-­‐type finial on the 3.4 liter is rarely found undamaged. You will note on the 3.4 liter stein the acorn in the finial is in full bloom, while in the ¼ and ½ liter steins you see the finial as if it is a tip of a growing acorn. This is a renaissance concept of growth in art and art as growth.

stein lid                                                       quarter liter                                                   half liter

Renaissance Red color pattern     Mettlach number 1983    The ½ liter also exists in brush-gold color.