Catalog No. 1248
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, figural inlaid lid (Perkeo).
“Piff paff trara der weisse Hirsch ist da.”
(Piff paff trara, the white stag is there.)
Text is loosely drawn from a song entitled “Der weiße Hirsch” (The White Stag) written in 1811 by Ludwig Uhland.
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 1248 and 11248 (presumably later). Sale prices tend to be in the same general range for both.
See also No. 1227.