collectors see a difference between a mug and a stein, there is a
useful distinction between the terms pitcher and serving stein: The
stein and the serving stein are both set apart by the presence of a lid.
For German ceramics, Jugendstil
designs came into existence around 1900, reaching a peak of popularity
and production around 1910. The advent of World War I cut into
industrial producton of all kinds, and the production volumes of all
sorts of beer steins fell dramatically for an extended period.
A German term, the word Jugendstil is a combination of the words Jugend and Stil, meaning youth or young, and style. It
represents a new, fresh, youthful, promising style of art, in the same
way that we understand Art Nouveau,
or the "new art." Often featuring organic motifs—leaves, vines, flowers,
nature—which inspired curving, flowing designs, it also employed
stylized or abstracted design elements. As part of this new aesthetic,
ceramic glazes were used to enhance or complement the overall effect,
no longer simply to add color. Glazes were often intended to sag, drip,
or create a mottled appearance.
Here you see one of my favorite Jugendstil
This piece was designed by August Hanke ca. 1910. Hanke
was a modeleur and co-owner of his father's firm, Reinhold Hanke, from
1901. Featuring a curled vine with berries on the body and around the
rim, and employing a mottled dark brown glaze, it exemplifies the Jugendstil
aesthetic. Even before being filled, this piece cries out for a cold
brown beer which will bring beads of moisture to the surface.
Pushing this stein over the top for me is the custom recreation of the primary
design in the pewter lid.
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