Catalog No. 715
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Tonkunst, dich preis’ ich vor allen,
höchstes Los ist dir gefallen.
Aus der Schwesterkünste drei
du die frei’ste, einzig frei.”
(Music, I value you above all others,
yours be the highest praise.
Of the three sisters of the arts
you are the freest, the sole without limits.)
Text is the first stanza of a poem entitled Tonkunst (Music) written in 1826 by Franz Grillparzer.
Giuseppi Verdi (1813-1901) Verdi was a dominant force in the world of Italian opera throughout the much of 19th century. By the mid-1850s his operas, including Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata had made him internationally famous. All together he composed 32 operas, many of which hold prime of place in the world of opera today.
Fifth in a series of five composer steins, with Nos. 711, 712, 713 and 714.