Catalog No. (F14)
Enameled stoneware, figural, 0.5L or 0.25L, hand-marked “50”.
“Ich bin bekannt im ganzen Land. Hanswurst bin ich genannt.”
(I am famous throughout the land. Hanswurst is my name.)
Hanswurst (Jack Sausage) is a an irreverant character that performed in German puppet theaters, perhaps as early as the 17th century. Originally created as Pulcinella in Italy’s Commedia dell’Arte, similar characters appeared throughout Europe, with names and actions adapted to the different cultures. Although not particularly clear from this depiction, it’s likely that the name of Germany’s version was inspired by his typically sausage-like nose which, in marionette form, was actually jointed and could wiggle when he talked.
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,
Gnome with Mushroom Hat,
Hans in Luck,
Little Red Riding Hood,