Catalog No. 661
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid with figural finial (hat).
“Für des Landes Herrlichkeit,
treu in Gott und Wehr bereit.”
(For the country’s glory,
faithful in God and ready for defense.)
Alfred Graf von Waldersee (1832-1904), a German field marshal, served as Chief of the German General Staff from 1888 to 1891 and as Commander of German Forces in China in 1900-1901. In this image, Count Waldersee is depicted in the guise of a Dutch “Boer” from the South African Republic of the late 1800s, apparently making reference to Germany’s support of the Boers against the British in the Second Boer War (1899-1902), which ultimately resulted a British victory and formal annexation of Boer-held territories into the British Empire.