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.




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