An important "Sternkanne" (or "star jug") in grey salt glazed stoneware decorated with blue and manganese. The bulbous body is decorated in relief with a large ten-pointed star, each of the points containing a bee. The center of the star has a quatrefoil with a lion's head in the middle. The neck of the jug with slightly protruding spout shows a stylized lion mask. The sides are decorated with seven horizontal diamond shapes placed one above the other, each containing a lion's head in relief. The back of the jug has a star motif with bees, the middle of star is left plain with a center point. Original ribbed handle with curl. The jug has its original pewter lid with thumb rest.
This jug is a very rare, unpublished variant of the classic "Sternkanne", and of extremely high quality.
Westerwald. 3rd quarter of 17th century.
Dimensions: H (with thumb rest) 28.5cm ; H (without lid) 26.3cm ; diameter (body) 14.5cm.
In very good, unrestored condition (verified under UV light) with slight traces of use and age.