Catalog No. 1695
Pottery, relief, 1.0L, pewter lid.
“Wer reit’t mit 20 Knappen ein zu Heidelberg im Kirschen?
Das ist der Herr von Rodenstein, auf Rheinwein will er pirschen.”
(Who rides with 20 men into Heidelberg among the cherries?
It is Herr von Rodenstein, he wants to find Rhein wine.)
Text is the first verse of a poem by Josef Viktor von Scheffel entitled “Die Drei Dörfer” (The Three Villages), in which Herr von Rodenstein and twenty of his friends engage in some truly incredible long-term drinking sessions at the Stag Tavern in Heidelberg, which he pays for by selling off two of the three villages he owns in the Odenwald. Eventually, he finds that he is no longer able to drink, so he has a formal document drawn up by his attorney, donating the third village to Heidelberg University and his “thirst to the students” so that he can watch them drink as he once did.