German stoneware drinking mug, thumbed base, Raeren 15th-early 16th century
German stoneware drinking mug, with roughly potted body, small loop handle to a short neck, the foot ‘thumbed’, with pale sparse salt glaze.
Raeren, or perhaps Sieburg,
Late 15th -early 16th century
13.5cm high, base 9cm wide
Provenance: old US collection, probably purchased in London;
Condition: large section of the rim replaced, large firing fault to rim, otherwise good.
This example was almost certainly a ‘factory waster’, as it developed a split to the upper body in the firing process. It was most probably excavated with the vast quantities uncovered in the Rhineland in the 1980’s-90’s, and entered an American collection around this time.