Relief Roundels Serving Stein — Reveller-Portraits

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  • #54490 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    Thanks for any/all help in IDing this large (11” H) unmarked lidless Westerwald vessel; any other reveller-portraits of a similar sort?

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/icAr3M7FEsfpdmhNA

  • #54491 Reply

    George

    Daniel,

    If you do not get an answer on here you can try us on Facebook on our group page @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/339710320842097/?ref=share

  • #54492 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    Thanks for this — I’ll take you up on that!

  • #54493 Reply

    John Piet

    Daniel,
    Your picture link requires one to log into gmail to view your pictures. You need to place your pictures in a public place.

  • #54495 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    Don’t know of a more public option for these photos —- “Let anyone with the link see . . .”

  • #54496 Reply

    Ron

    Daniel,

    I could see the photos without logging in. I couldn’t find the pitcher in either The Beer Stein Library or the Old Manufacturing Catalogs.

  • #54498 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    Thanks, Ron; it’s quite a mystery — not much else to go on besides beard styles!

  • #54499 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    Access to images may be easier for some via this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/339710320842097/posts/381842836628845

    • #54501 Reply

      Ron

      Daniel,

      I tried searching the four images on tineye and google without success. I usually only get hits when it is a common image. I believe one image is of Bacchus.

  • #54502 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    Thanks again for this, Ron. I think one may be Bacchus, one a (female) Bacchante, one a servant of Bacchus in a monk’s cowl, and one maybe just someone who likes drinking!

    • #54503 Reply

      Walt
      Keymaster

      Daniel, I think your speculation on the identities of these individuals is probably as good as you are going to get. It’s curious to me that each of these figures seems to have some grapes/grape vines in their hair, so Bacchus is certainly implicated. The detail on this piece is particularly nice and crisp.

  • #54506 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    Thanks, Walt; I suspect this one was special-ordered round 1890, a sly Bacchic variation statelier roundels as featured on older Kugelbauchkrug designs, say, apostles or kings. Someone certainly knew how to sculpt well in Westerwald clay!

  • #54507 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    Thanks, Walt; I suspect this one was special-ordered around 1890, a sly Bacchic variation on statelier roundels as featured on older Kugelbauchkrug designs, say, apostles or kings. Someone certainly knew how to sculpt well in Westerwald clay!

  • #54508 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    The four roundels could also I guess stand for seasons and stages of life, with the “girl” a young boy; Shakespeare, anyone?

    • #54517 Reply

      Ron

      Daniel,

      The Museum of European Ceramic Art shows a similar pitcher that is identified as Reinhold Merkelbach. It is in 1. Photo Gallery 233 x Westerwald. See http://museumek.eu/?page_id=28562. Click down about 9 pages. Try contacting them and provide photos of your pitcher. They may be able to confirm if it is Reinhold Merkelbach and identify your roundel images. Töpferei Girmscheid has some of the MERKELBACH ART NOUVEAU molds, so maybe they can be another source to contact.

  • #54518 Reply

    Daniel Kinney

    Thanks for this, Ron; the medallions are similar. I’ll follow this up!

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