Art Nouveau Owl

Catalog No. 1717

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

Text:
“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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