This hand painted porcelain character stein has been made in the form of a laughing monk. The portly monk is dressed in a brown robe tied with a white cord, and is depicted with his splayed hands resting upon his belly. The monk's head forms the lid of the stein, and he has been given an expressive face with a wide, toothy grin and rosy cheeks. The stein has pewter mounts with an elaborately decorated thumblift. The piece is finished with a lithophane base depicting an alpine scene which features a shepherdess. The shepherdess is dressed in traditional clothing and stands in front of a pine tree with a lake and mountains in the distance. The image can be seen in photo 5.
The stein is in very good condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. As an antique item, the piece shows appropriate signs of age including wear to the paint and oxidation to the exterior of the pewter mounts. There are also some production related anomalies present including glaze skips and pitting which are mentioned for accuracy. The stein has a 1/2 L capacity and stands 7" to the top of the monk's head. The piece is 3.5" in diameter at the foot and is unmarked so the maker is unknown.
This unusual character stein displays very well and would be a great addition to a collection of antique steins, or works equally well as a stand alone decorative accent. A charming piece!
Antique Porcelain Figural Monk Character Lithophane Stein