Catalog No. 1150
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, figural inlaid lid (Perkeo).
“Wein, Lieb u. Lied macht nie Lebensmüd.”
(Wine, love and song never let life become tiresome.)
Landsknechte were feudal serfs used for military purposes by their masters. These “soldiers” were often traded between landowners and were, in a sense, the equivalent of modern mercenaries, with the important difference that they were not free to choose their employer.
Perkeo (lid figure) was an 18th-century dwarf who served as both court jester and keeper of the royal wine keg in Heidelberg. Despite his size, he was reportedly quite a prodigious drinker and, according to legend, his death came about when he mistakenly drank a glass of water.
This stein exists in two virtually identical versions numbered 1150 and 11150 (presumably later). Sale prices tend to be in the same general range for both.