Antique Westerwald Salt Glazed German Stein/Pitcher. This is a charming and well made piece. Featuring the grey clay and blue glazed design with a salt glaze that the German Westerwald area of Germany this piece is very finely made.
The detail in the piece is rather amazing, as is the subject material of the patterning. Four panels depict the four seasons Fruhling (spring) Sommer (Summer) Herbst (Autumn) and Winter. Between these panels are decorative panels of cherubs faces, scrolls, urns and regency dolphins.The upper part of the piece has all of the signs of the zodiac in round medallions. The pewter lid has decorative scrolls and a flat topped lid. The hinge is free moving and the pewter is in good condition. There are some very small areas of damage to the raised edges on some of the panels as shown in the pictures and a small round pock to the decorative edge above the handle (pictured).
It has no markings other than an impressed letter A and the number 805 to the base. The detail and workmanship in the piece is simply beautiful! It measures 28cm tall to the top of the lid, slightly more to the thumb rest on the lid. It holds 1.4 liters when filled right up. The piece measures 10.5cm in diameter at the base, and somewhere between 11 and 12cm in diameter at the widest point in the vessel, not including the handle.Due to the markings and the style, I would date the piece to the late 1800s. Please note this item is original and not a copy or modern day reproduction.
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