Decoration after a design by Sebald Beham German

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This stoneware was produced on speculation for a middle-market clientele. Though handmade, its decoration was quick work, pressed on with reusable molds based on designs lifted from prints. Siegburg potters developed a reputation for interesting forms and the latest styles rendered in a distinctive gray-white glaze; higher end pieces (like a related Siegburg stoneware ewer, 17.190.2058) boasted silver rather than pewter mounts. They were able to reach a huge market by distributing their work via trading posts controlled by the Hanseatic League, a powerful federation of merchant guilds and their market towns that included Lübeck, Cologne, London, Bruges, and later Antwerp and, to the north, Riga and Tallinn.

[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]

Jug, Decoration after a design by Sebald Beham (German, Nuremberg 1500–1550 Frankfurt), Salt-glazed stoneware; pewter lid, German, Siegburg

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