Perkeo in Heidelberg Castle

Catalog No. 1801

Pottery, relief, 0.5L, figural inlaid lid (Heidelberg castle).

“Das war der Zwerg Perkeo im Heldelberger Schloss.”
(There was the dwarf Perkeo in Heidelberg castle.)

The text on this stein is from a poem by Josef Viktor von Scheffel, written in 1847 and set to music in 1872 by Stephen Gruwe.

The centrally depicted Perkeo 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.

Price Range: $200-$300

RH 1801
RH 1801

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