Perkeo on Barrel

Catalog No. (X10)

Porcelain, figural, 0.5L, lithophane (Heidelberg).

Text:
“Alt Heidelberg du feine.”
(Old Heidelberg you are fine.)

Perkeo was an 18th-century dwarf who served as both court jester and keeper of the royal wine keg in Heidelberg castle. Despite his size, he was reportedly quite a prodigious drinker and, according to legend, his death came about when he mistakenly drank a glass of water.

The text on the barrel is from the first line of a poem honoring Heidelberg, written in 1853 by Josef Viktor von Scheffel and set to music in 1872 by Weise von Zimmerman.

Price Range: $600-$750

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