Karl Mehlem Beer Stein Model 3229

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Weight per unit: 2 kg

- Original design from Karl Mehlem (1922)
- Model number 3229
- Cologne Brown glazed
- Compacity: 0,4
- Salt process fired
- Solid Westerwald pewter lid
- Limited Edition
- Manufacturer: Merkelbach by Girmscheid

The renowned company Reinhold Merkelbach was famous for its Art Nouveau beer steins and pitchers, the production started in 1845 and ended in 2007. Merkelbach was the most modern stoneware company in terms of design especially during the period of 1905-1910. Through this period Merkebach employed the most famous modern artists and art professors that worked with the Art Nouveau-Jugendstil style - Richard Riemerschmid, Paul Wynand, K.Goerig are just a few examples of the famous names that worked on the designs of Merkelbach. The ceramic designs from this era are the best examples of new esthetics that emerged to replace the so-called Historismus style that had reigned in Höhr-Grenzhausen for almost half a century. The famous "Merkelbach look" of grey salt glazed stoneware with the typical "Braun geflammt" (flamed brown) and "Kölnisch braun" (Cologne brown) colored glazes became the signature look of the Merkelbach Art Nouveau stoneware and was used exclusively by all Merkelbach designers. The unique massive pewter lids were designed specifically for these stoneware designs and belonged to the best pewter attachments available in the German Kannenbäckerland district.

Today the Merkelbach stoneware from the above period are very expensive amongst collectors, they are featured in numerous books on Jugendstil ceramics and are also proudly exibited by many German and international ceramic art museums and collections.

Karl Mehlem (born 1885 in Höhr).
From 1900-1903 he studied at the Keramischen Fachschule in Höhr.
From 1905 modeller by R. Merkelbach where he introduced his first designs.
Starting around 1905 he was the master modeller for R. Merkelbach until the end of the 1950's.
He still worked well into the 1970's for R. Merkelbach.
Up to 1918 he designed 22 models for R. Merkelbach that are proof to his name.
Most of his other designs where so-called workshop models.
He lived in Höhr-Grenzhausen until his death in 1976.

The company Girmscheid in Höhr-Grenzhausen was established from Matthias Girmscheid in 1884 and took over the production of the series when Merkelbach ceased production in 2007, using original Merkelbach body form molds,  pewter attachment casts and the same salt glaze firing process, Girmscheid carries on with the tradition of this unique Limited Edition stoneware.

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