Editor’s note: these MAY be my assigned numbers they are not out of any catalog as I have never seen or even heard of one.
Products of the Münchener Werkstätten für keramische Kunst, Munich, Bavaria Germany, (Kunst-Töpferei / Art Pottery.) Known dates: 1880’s – 1912,. Founded by Joseph & Karl Leipfinger. Information is from Chris Wheeler’s “Stein Marks”: http://www.steinmarks.co.uk/pages/pv.asp?p=stein1
The typical base surface found on these wares, and the later mark – detail below:
Below for the reader’s edification are a few examples of Münchener Werkstätten für keramische Kunst; [OR] MWFKK:
A .5 liter stein with more of a fayence type look than majolica. Only body style like this one I believe.
Only 6.3 inches tall; in comparison with others, as shown below, this is small and a rather plain design. Has small medallion in lid. [PHOTO: Cris Wheeler on ‘STEIN MARKS.’]
This example comes with an applied “cookie cutter” open “window” (niche) with a portrait of man with a halo, most likely supposed to be Jesus. [FWTD]
Munchener Werkstatten fur Keramik Kunst Steins – The firm was started in the 1880’s (C. Wheeler.) They made lead glazed wares that mimic the much older “Habnerware.” This pattern above with the running deer being chased was their most popular. One liter. Some of their steins have niches with religious figures in front of them. It is unknown if they made these pewter lids, some of which are quite elaborate.
Josef Leipfinger is thought by some to be the chief beer stein designer for this firm. Some German auctionhouses credit him with such anyway. This has not been substantiated by June 2013, primarily because the damn firm, still in existence, will not answer repeated emails.
Lidless beer server with body roundels with figures as shown below.
Almost the same “window niche” as above ▲, only with different colorsand more smaller faces . This one also being a server with a small lip. Note indented side views with flowers . [FWTD]
Detail of lid’s medallion.
This piece is not marked, but certainly is one of theirs. See the two just above ▲, that have the “window niche” too. Those are marked. This one may be a prototype. [FWTD]
10 Inch high, long neck wine decanter or bottle with the same type of on the body roundel. Lateral flowers roses and grapes. I am uncertain if this is a niche as some of them are not !! . See example of a non-niche just below ▼.
An example of the applied “cookie cutter” center of the body design, but,this one has no niche behind it as do the other two above. [FWTD] Pewter base added to cover broken base rim and allow stein to be used. [FWTD]
A large 1 liter with a great looking pewter lid and thumblift (by whom is unknown at present.) This is the company’s most often seen design = “The running dog and the deer.”
“The running dog and the deer” can be found on many forms. Above photo ▲is from an auction ad. Also see the beer server two photos below.
The side scene may be from the kid’s story of the Fox climbing the tree after the grapes.
A beer server with the same design: “The running dog and the deer.” [RFA]
A beer stein with the same design, but with a white background.
One liter size with applied colored roundels. [tsaco]
Large serving stein. Look at the blend of colors.
Straying from the usual older orthodox styles, we have here a copy of an old Fayence Enghalskrug (Germ) [or] Enghalskanne .
A table wine flask with the Imperial double headed eagle in relief.
The roundel on this server shows Adam and Eve, and check out the very small handle design below.
Another example of a small neck jug / server; this one with a dancing couple. 11 inches tall.
This 13.6 inch [!!] server was not advertised as being made by, or marked “MWFKK,” but it is so marked! Shown larger than other examples as it is massive. For the color mix being a give away to the maker also see the smaller serving stein just above. The roundel on its front supposedly shows an old Duke of Wurttemberg. [ FWTD]
“WMFKK “- Schraubkanne / Schraubflasche, 8.3” ht., , c.1920, Creussen style, [TSACO]
“MWFKK” – Schraubkanne / Schraubflasche, 8.3ht., Ca. 1920, Annaberg style, [TSACO]
For comparative purposes – just above is an original Annaberg Schraubkanne. [TSACO]
Yet another version with sunken walls, with relief saint [?] figures. A very well done and nice looking piece I think.[tsaco]
OTHER OLD CATALOG PHOTOS
The character in the middle was not made by MWFKK. [R] A different colored version than the one just above.
[END – SOK – 46 – R5]
“Insufficient facts invite danger” . Mr. Spock, Star Trek , the original series, 1966.
Note to editor! I need to file ALL THESE ▼ below 6-6 14
THis piece does not have the oval stamped mark as most of the others do. +I think this is avery early version, perhaps before the company decided on a logo (THAT IS A BIG SWAG!!)