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Design  |  Carl Mehlem
Designed  |  1938 
Production  |  1938 - 1964 
Manufacturer  |  R. Merkelbach
Orgin  |  Germany 
Style  |  Art Nouveau
Material  |  Earthenware
Size  |  H 13 | D 12 cm
Weight  |  850 Gramm
Lot ID  |  115
R. Merkelbach | Salt Glazed Stein |
Carl Mehlem  |  R. Merkelbach,  1938  | Sold

This vintage, colorful hand painted German Beer Stein shows floral images. Designed by Carl Mehlem in 1938. The designs on this are all in relief and the cobalt colour is vibrant. Art Nouveau German Beer Stein made by Reinhold Merkelbach - a major name in ceramics that produced many collectable beer steins in early 1900s.

The Stein is made of salt glazed stoneware. It has a lid and is incised with the Reinhold Merkelbach logo used from about 1945 to 1964 on the bottom. The bottom is also incised with model number 3833. The Beer Stein is in good condition considering age. Has nice bright coloring.

Measurements | Height: 13 | Diameter max: 12 cm
Weight: about 850 gram

Salt glaze pottery is stoneware with a glaze of glossy, translucent and sometimes slightly orange-peel-like texture which was formed by throwing common salt into the kiln during the higher temperature part of the firing process. Sodium from the salt reacts with silica in the clay body to form a glassy coating of sodium silicate. The glaze may be colourless or may be coloured various shades of brown (from iron oxide), blue (from cobalt oxide), or purple (from manganese oxide).

Carl Mehlem  |

Carl Mehlem created designs for Reinhold Merkelbach from 1906 to 1960.

R. Merkelbach  |

The Reinhold Merkelbach pottery was founded in 1845 in the Westerwald town of Höhr-Grenzhausen. Reinhold Merkelbach was a major name in ceramics - especially Jugendstil ceramics - that produced many collectable beer steins in late 1800s - early 1900s. Character steins were among the first steins produced in those early years. The 1895 Reinhold Merkelbach catalog included 29 different figurals. Art pottery was first produced there in 1882.

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