Presented for your consideration is this early antique German beer tankard (also referred to as a stein or schnelle). Dating to 1559, the tankard is made of white stoneware and originates from the Siegburg region of Germany. These tall, cylindrical tankards were first produced in Cologne before being adopted by Siegburg potters. The tall, vertical shape offered lots of surface area for low-relief decoration. Scenes depicted on these 16th century steins were a range of mythological, biblical and heraldic subjects. The three panels on this stein have a matching scene that depicts the expulsion of Lazarus from Rich Man's Table which comes from the biblical tale/parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus. Pictured is Lazarus, a beggar, desiring to be fed the scraps and crumbs from the Rich Man's table while dogs lick Lazarus' sores. A man is chasing Lazarus from the table, expelling him from the premises. The scene below the "Expulsion" scene shows a dog licking a deer while two men stand over the deer. One of the men is holding an ax. On the line separating the scenes it is marked with "Lazarus." At the bottom of each scene panel is a ribbon that reads "1559" and just above the ribbon are the initials F.T. These initials stand for F. Trac (Track) who was employed at the first Knutgen workshop. His most famous tankard is "Lazurus" and one of these tankards sits in the Munich Museum in Germany.
This museum quality stein has exquisite detailing throughout the exterior and handle with minimal wear. Tankards similar to this one can currently be seen in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Met. This stein is a very rare find as the art of these tankards was lost in Siegburg in 1632 when the town was destroyed by the Swedes, making this a very valuable tankard. This would make a great addition to any ancient item, religious or antique stein collection! Perfect for displaying in a German heritage museum!
Light roughness and chipping is along the edges of the handle. A small surface chip is on the edge of one of the panels and another small surface chip is near the top edge on one side. Overall in EXCELLENT condition for its age! Please refer to the photos for the absolute best details.
Measures approximately 5" from the back edge of the handle to the front of the stein, 3 7/8" in diameter at the bottom and 11 1/2" tall.
RARE Antique Dated 1559 Lazarus German Stein Schnelle Tankard Siegburg F. Trac