Germany, Cologne, first half 19th century XVI, stoneware with cover

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The Rhineland region of Germany distinguished itself in the production of stoneware, especially of pitchers and beer mugs with the typical “salting” coating. The most common ones have a pewter or silver lid. In the 16th century, Siegburg and Cologne were among the main centres of the Rhineland. The latter is known above all for the production of jugs with a globular body and narrow mouth, decorated with phytomorphic relief motifs and distinguished by the representation of the characteristic bearded face from which the traditional denomination of “Bellarmine” (or “Bartmannskruf”) assigned to this type derives.

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