Catalog No. 1243
Pottery, relief, 1.5L, pewter lid, signed “KB” (Anton Killian “Karl” Beuler).
The tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde was one of the most influential romances in the medieval period, but is perhaps best remembered today as a Wagnarian opera, first performed in Munich in 1865. Isolde, daughter of the King of Ireland, is betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall, who sends his nephew, the knight Tristan, to Ireland to escort Isolde back to Cornwall. Before leaving Ireland, Isolde’s mother gives a love potion to Isolde’s handmaiden with strict instructions that it is to be given to Isolde only on her wedding night. During the voyage, Isolde and Tristan drink the potion by accident and fall in love, leading to a series of events that eventually result in the untimely deaths of both from grief and broken hearts.