February Stein of the Month
Matthias Hein Rare Renaissance-Red Mettlach Stein Set
by Johnsamuel Coleman
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.
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.
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.
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.
Renaissance Red color pattern Mettlach number 1983 The ½ liter also exists in brush-gold color.