Enameler M. Schmid

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533

Schmid was among the few faience painters who signed his work. But even without signature, his style would be instantly recognizable, for no other faience painter featured these bold figures in continuous landscape around the walls of large tankards. Such plain shapes were ideal for his compositions, which ignore all inhibitions or limitations of scale that other faience painters seem to have imposed upon themselves.

Tankard, M. Schmid, Tin-glazed earthenware with engraved and gilt metal mounts, German, Nuremberg

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