Stein Collectors International
Featured Stein ~ April 2020
Figures in the
Style of Holbein
By Joe Haedtke
Peter Dümler was often inspired by
Renaissance art and frequently reflected the period’s style into his
works throughout the years. This month’s featured stein “Figures
in the Style of Holbein” (249), produced by Dümler & Breiden, is a
fantastic example of Peter’s appreciation for renaissance artists.
The stein is two-liter pottery relief
with a pewter lid. It features characters that reflect portrait sitters
of Hans Holbein the Younger, members from British high class, and his
Northern Renaissance style portraits from the 16th century. Hans’ most
famous work is arguably a portrait of King Henry VIII, credited for
creating the standard image of King Henry VIII.
The stein portrays three central
characters of British high class that Hans commonly painted. The center
figure, an elegant woman hoisting a chalice, likely represents a member
of the Monarch or Nobility class, the highest ranks of British social
class. The second figure, a Knight, probably represents the Gentry
class, a level below nobles. Lastly, the third figure presumably
represents a Merchant, the lowest of the high classes that likely could
afford the cost to commission an artist such as Hans.
For more reading about this stein, Dave
Lowry authored a short article titled “Dümler, Breiden, and Holbein,”
in the March 2013 edition of Prosit.
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