Friday, 4 January 2013

Josef Reinemann - Art Metalware


It all started with this pot bought for stock, simply on the strength of the design.

Current UK tastes are attracted to German art nouveau period pewter, especially those designs that include pretty young maidens and I thought this ticked most of he boxes --- except !!

I did not recognize the makers mark. A good clear mark - JRM 442.













Was this a maker I should know ? one all my colleagues would quietly smile because I didn't ?

Where to start ? time for a bit of Googling with their images - "JRM Zinn" seemed a good place to start - but nothing helpful, several pictures of art nouveau pewter and a few references to Munchen. Of course, silly boy !! it's all in the arrangement - "J.R Munchen". And there it was, several webpages on this mark, and I can be let off about not knowing, as this makers would be known to collectors of ...... Beer Steins ! ... not to the Applied Arts enthusiasts.

Time to put thing right --- so here goes

Josef Reinemann; a firm based in München (Munich) Bavaria were establised in c1873 manufacturing beer steins and associated objects. Primarily they used "bought in" the blanks and decorated them, fitting their own in house made pewter fitments; lids, handles etc.

Josef remained independent for only a short time, as the business was sold in 1880 to Otto Löwenstein. Despite Otto also purchasing Zinnwaarenfabrik Joseph Lichtinger & Cie in 1896, the name remained unchanged until 1902 when these two firms merged to form J Reinemann & J Lichtinger. The business continued until closure in 1934.

Here are typical "Reinemann" character steins - there are many to collect, if you so wish.


The "art wares" seem to date to about 1900-1905, the period of the merger with J Lichtinger as this beaker is the only example of art ware by Reinemann only. After the merger, it is possible to find several examples of a art nouveau or secessionist design. However all those have a cleaner simpler design, perhaps this is the only design Josef Reinemann made before merger. To finish, here is a another slightly different example with the cartouche filled with a view of Munich and the "Münchner Kindl" holding a beer stein.

A further posting will follow on J Reinemann & J Lichtinger period, which will compliment an earlier posting on another firm Ludwig Lichtinger. Is their a connection?
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