Published: September 25, 2001
Stein Auctions Stroh Brewing Company Collection for $358,869
MEADOWLANDS, N.J.- The Andre Ammelounx Stein Auction Company’s season continued with the recent auction of the Stroh Brewing Company Collection of antique German stoneware, Creussen and Faience drinking vessels. Gross sales totaled $358,869.
Leading the 250 drinking vessels were over 150 Faience and stoneware tankards manufactured from the 1500s to the 1700s. Altenburg, Annaburg, Cologne, Creussen, Muskau, and Westerwald were some of the tankards offered with several having dates on the stoneware decoration. Superb examples of ivory, glass, pewter, silver, Royal Vienna and Mettlach were also represented. The Eighteenth Century glass steins included several examples of wheel cutting and enameling.
Collectors from the United States, Germany, England and Canada as well as other parts of Europe and Asia arrived to participate in the salesroom. Also many absentee bids were received.
Results for the rare and unusual were strong. Creussen steins from the late 1600s sold with prices ranging between $4,830 and $24,150. Faience from the Eighteenth Century brought prices from $253 for a damaged Hannoversch-Munden to $7,475 for a Nurnberg with a high-fired cobalt blue scene of Christ at Gethsemane. Early glass included engraved and enameled tankards selling between $329 and $2,530. Several rare and unusual Villeroy & Boch Mettlach steins and plaques did quite well. Mettlach steins brought prices between $92 and $4,830. Mettlach plaques numbered 2563 and 2564 with bicycle scenes sold for $11,500, and numbers 2697 and 2698 marked prototypes realized $20,700.
All prices cited include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
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