Art Nouveau Owl

Catalog No. 1717

Pottery or stoneware, threaded relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
Design attributed to “Kunstgewerblehrer Schmidt”.

“Es ist erreicht’ wenn du daraus dir ‘Weisheit’ angetrunken.”
(It is accomplished when you get “wisdom” by drinking from it.)

This is one some half-dozen designs listed in old Merkelbach catalogs as having been provided by “Kunstgewerbelehrer (Arts & Crafts Teacher) Schmidt”. Although the actual identity of this designer is today uncertain, Dr. Graham Dry, in his 1981 book entitled R. Merkelbach: Grenzhausen und München suggests that he might have been either: Adolf Schmidt, a drawing teacher at the Trade School in Wiesbaden; or Prof. Philip Schmidt, director of the Arts and Crafts School in Erfurt.

See also Nos. 1719 and 1720.

Price Range: $125-$175

RM 1717
RM 1717

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