Catalog No. (F18)
Enameled stoneware, figural, 0.25L, hand-marked “53”.
This King stein, as well as a matching Queen and Princess, are undoubtedly intended to represent characters from children’s fairy tales. Given the many stories involving such characters and the absence of any unique identifiers, it’s reasonable to presume that the intent was to create a generic royal family.
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 and
Price Range: $600-$800