Antique Faience Beer Stein Schrezheim Factory Cold Paint Floral c. Description: Presented is an early German beer stein made around the early 1800s. The stein was made in the factory of Schrezheim - one of the largest faience factories in Germany.
The stein is made from traditional Schrezheim clay and glazed with a beautiful distinctive Schrezheim blue tin glaze. It was then painted by one of the factory decorators, who created a beautiful dark blue and yellow floral ornaments around a central medallion - a very common subject for Schrezheim decoration.
This is so-called "cold paint" - it was not fired, hence the age-related wear. Schrezheim was very famous in the late 1700s to early 1800s for it's faience work and also for the best quality pewter lids. It was the longest-lasting factory - most of the faience production factories were shut in the early 1800s due to the competition from emerging stoneware industrialized production and cheaper glass production.
But the Schrezheim factory lasted well into the late 1850s - early 1860s. The stein has a pewter lid with the urn-shaped thumblift and five-ring closed style hinge, and a foot ring. This type of pewter mounts are typical for the Biedermeier period of the 1810s - 1820s.There is also an incised monogram in the bottom in the shape of large "y". It is not a factory mark or decorator's initial - most likely, a control or other techcal mark The stein is in a relatively good condition for the faience piece this old. There is no cracks or hairlines - it's quite rare for faience. The cold-painted decorations are worn, but it is quite common for this type of decor. There is a triangle-shaped chip in the upper part that was glued back see my detail pic. Other than that, there are no structural issues. The lid is in a good shape without breaks or tears, and sitting tight. It is large and impressive, standing 9.5 tall to the top of the thumblift, 1L capacity.
Get images that make Supersized seem small. The stein is in a relatively good condition for the faience piece this old. The lid is in a good sha.