Mettlach Beer Stein-Heinrich Schlitt PUG (Dated 1899)

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  • Item Category: Alcohol & Smoking
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 30, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
1/2 liter stein, Number 1909/1010 Mettlach (Villeroy & Boch) " Gnome Pub", some crazing on interior only, exceptionally clean stein, no chips, no cracks, Pewter is original & tight-zero play. Pewter lid is very decorative. Design by Heinrich Schlitt-the most sought after beer stein designer of them all. Hinge is 5 ring open as expected.Buyer pays exact shipping charges and $3.00 handling fee for tape/box and packing material-this stuff is not cheap. Please allow 1 week time for shipping as I am listing dozens of items and work full-time. Be patient, I always deliver-my feedback speaks for itself. Thanx for looking and please see my other high quality steins and items. I am a collector who is downsizing! Pay pal or money order only Article in "Prosit" on Heinrich Schlitt as follows: "Heinrich Schlitt!!! To the uninitiated, the crowded consonants may sound unusually harsh, even when slightly anglicized. Yet these two words can not help but evoke a murmur in the hearts of all but the most blasé collectors of Mettlach steins, one that threatens to become a shout of ecstasy. Who among you does not place a particular value on a PUG or an "etched" chromolith stein or plaque in your collection to which these two words, or a portion tof, have been affixed? The mere mention of his name is bound to bring to your mind's eye a myriad of images: the bold audacity of the thirsty knight; the wizened visages of avaricious gnomes, mellowed by just a tinge of wry good humor; the anthropomorphic treatment of beer-mugs and pretzels, sausages and steins, devils and playing cards, towers and trees. Yet, how many of you really know anything about Heinrich Schlitt, the Man? Who was he really? When was he born? Was he a native son of Munich, the city with which his name is almost always associated? Is his work to be found on steins and plaques alone? These are some of the questions which this article will answer for you. Heinrich Schlitt was born in Biebrich-Mosbach in Nassau (formerly a duchy, but now a part of the German state of Hesse) on August 21, 1849, the son of a ducal civil servant. A propensity to the arts made itself felt early in his life. Although he was a pupil of Wilhelm Lindenschmit, the first person to guide his footsteps down this artistic path was the highly talented Wiesbaden artist, Kaspar Kögler. Schlitt also had Kögler to thank for helping him in a practical way to come into his own element so early. He was one of the favored few who were able to secure and maintain a comfortable livelihood in the arts early in their careers. To be sure, Schlitt's exquisite sense of humor, which was the first of his talents to be converted into hard cash in the art trade, proved to be the most valuable in this regard. Schlitt was frequently occupied as an illustrator and as an artist using the media of wood and stone. His illustrations in the periodicals of the day (Die Gartenlaube, Das Buch für Alle) numbered in the hundreds. In fact, most of his work came to be known to the general public through these illustrated magazines. In the early 1870s, Schlitt's path led him to Munich, capital of Bavaria, one of the largest kingdoms in the German Empire. Under the tutelage of Professors Barth and Undenschmit he began his study of oil and watercolor painting. Almost all of his paintings from these decades leading to the turn of the century reflect Schlitt's belief that his work as an artist should be concerned with a portrayal of the more humorous aspects of life. By the age of forty he had at least forty major easel paintings in both oil and watercolor to his credit. Unfortunately for the general public, all of these works of art were privately owned, even at that time, by collectors, most of them in England and in the United States. Only a very few actually remained in Germany. Schlitt's role as one of the principal artists for the ceramics firm of Villeroy and Boch in Mettlach is well-known to all steinologists. The Schlitt drawings (dated 1905) which adorn the walls and vaulted ceiling arches of the Ratskeller in the town hall ...