Catalog No. 1245
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Man spricht vom vielen Trinken stets,
doch nie vom grossen Durst.”
(One always speaks of much drinking,
but never of the large thirst.)
Text is taken from a poem by Josef Viktor von Scheffel entitled “Die Drei Dörfer” (The Three Villages), written in 1856 and set to music in 1870 by Karl Appel.
Although not specified on the stein itself, the central image is likely intended to depict Sir John Falstaff, one of the most famous comic characters in all English literature, appearing in four of Shakespeare’s plays and later in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Falstaff, first staged in 1893.