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rare coloured lithophane

from the collection Paul van Eck

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"Bei schönem Weib, bei vollem Krug.."

"Folgt immer eures Herzens Bug."

detail of thumbrest

Capacity marking inside the stein body.

Rare full color lithophane.

Base view.

Painted base to realize the full color lithophane.

A rare stein by producer Rheinische Porzellanmanufaktur L. Herrmann (related link) . This producer has been working from circa 1861 until about 1905. This particular stein probably dates from around 1890-1900.

This porcelain stein has a lithophane base with a difference: it has been coloured in with paint to make it a full-color lithophane. Only few steins are known to have this feature, making this stein a very rare piece indeed.

Ronald Gray has written an article about this type of lithophane (related link).

Another uncommon feature with this stein is that the capacity mark (1/2L) is painted on the inside of the stein instead of on the usual position on the outside.

All in all an exceptional stein which I happily added to my collection.

type stein materialporcelain
producerother mold-
designer/decoratorunknown
capacity1/2L   
design date1890-1900   
height 12.7 cm (appx. 5 inches.)   

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