Merkelbach Jugendstil/Art Nouveau Beer Stein/Pitcher #4013 by Charlotte Krause c. The artists who worked for R.Wynand, Carl Mehlem, Scharlotta Krause, L. Niemeyer and other famous designers and art professors of Art Nouveau/Jugendstil era. Nice form design with ornate relief rosettes in style of Renaissance period stoneware vessels. The stein is made of stoneware and glazed with "Koelnisch braun" glaze - a very special glaze technique used exclusively by R. I don't know exactly who created the design for it but judging by the style and separate elements it was most likely made by Charlotte Krause - one of the very few women-designers in the industry.
The pewter lid is a special Merkelbach lid - there were special types of lids and thumblifts used with brown-glazed Jugendstil stoneware. Excellent condition with some minor age-related wear to the pewter, no chips, cracks, any damage or repairs.
The stein is marked with "Reinhold Merkelbach Nassau" mark - this mark was used between 1909 and 1920. The stein is very large and impressive - 10.5 tall to the top of the thumblift, 3 L capacity.
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