Catalog No. (X11)
Porcelain; figural; 1.0L, 0.5L, 0.25L or 0.125L; marked “Martin Pauson, München”; lithophane (Hofbräuhaus fountain).
Created as the coat-of-arms or archival seal of Munich in 1239, the Münchner Kindl (Munich Child) has evolved from a hooded monk standing in front of Munich’s gate to a charming child and symbol of the city, depicted here holding a stein and large white radishes, a traditional Bavarian beer accompaniment.
This stein was a special order piece made for Martin Pauson, a Munich finishing shop and distributor. It is sometimes seen with the Schierholz crosshatch mark (#) in addition to the words “Martin Pauson.”
At least one example of the half-liter size is known to exist with a wooden beer stein attached by a wire through a factory hole in the Munich Child’s left hand (bottom left). Although the hole can be found in each of the four size variations, the rarity of the wooden stein raises a question as to whether or not it was originally applied to all examples.