Perkeo in Heidelberg Castle

Catalog No. 1801

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

Text:
“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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