Albin Müller Beer Stein Model 2217

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130,00 EUR
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- Original design from Albin Müller (1909)
- Model number 2217
Cologne Brown glazed
- 0,5
litre compacity
- 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.

Albin Müller (born 1871 in Dittersberg) was also known as Albinmüller.
Apprenticeship as carpenter.
From 1893-1897 he studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Mainz and the Akademie in Dresden for interior architecture.
From 1900-1906 he teached at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Magdeburg.
1906 Participation in the Darmstädter Künstlerkolonie.
From 1907-1911 he teached at the Darmstädter Großherzoglichen Lehrateliers.
From 1908 senior Architect at the Darmstädter Künstlerkolonie.
In 1908 he introduced his first ceramic designs for the Westerwälder Steinzeugindustrie.
From 1909-1910 over 100 ceramic designs for the Westerwälder Steinzeugindustrie including the companies:
Dümler & Breiden, Reinhold Hanke, Marzi & Remy, Reinhold Merkelbach, Merkelbach & Wick, Walter Müller,
J. Remy, Rosskopf & Gerz, A.J. Thewalt und Johann Peter Thewalt.
He lived in Darmstadt until his death in 1941.

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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