Catalog No. (F11)
Enameled stoneware, figural, 0.25L, hand-marked “59”.
This figure can be readily identified as a Gnome by his red hat with the white bumps, which is intended to represent the distinctive Fliegenpilz (fly agaric mushroom). The Fliegenpilz is a common prop in German fairy tales involving gnomes (perhaps in part due to its hallucinogenic qualities), and is often seen worn as a hat, used as seat, or even serving as a gnome shelter.
This is one of a series of eleven figural steins designed by Franz Ringer, manufactured by Merkelbach & Wick, and then hand-enameled, probably at the Jacob Reinemann facility in Munich. Most have been seen only in a ¼-liter size and were apparently made specifically for children. They typically carry an incised “J. Reinemann/München” bottom mark and a hand-painted decoration number (49–59).
See also Girl with Dolls and Flowers,
Hans in Luck,
Little Red Riding Hood,
Price Range: $800-$1,000