Berlin Bear

Catalog No. 732

Pottery, figural, 0.5L.

Text:
“Ich bin der Bär von Berlin – vor dem alle Kater entfliehen!”
(I am the bear of Berlin — from whom all tomcats flee.)

The bear was adopted as a heraldic symbol of the City of Berlin in 1709 and has evolved over the years into something of a city mascot.

To fully appreciate the intent of the text, it must be understood that the Kater (tomcat) is both a German symbol and idiomatic expression for a hangover. Similar symbolic meaning is sometimes associated with bears (as in “wrestling with a bear”).

Production of this stein was relatively short-lived, being replaced at model No. 732 after 1890 with a vase depicting St. Hubertus, patron saint of hunters among French and German-speaking peoples of Europe.

See also No. 731.

Price Range: $450-$600

     
     
RM 732
RM 732

 
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