Rare Large Antique Mettlach Punch Bowl with Underplate
This is a Mettlach Punch Bowl #3037/1315. The underplate measures 16 3/4" in diameter. The punch bowl is 9 1/2" high, 10 1/2" in diameter, and measures 14 1/2" from handle to handle. The Lid adds another 4" to the height. The background color is cream with green being the predominant color. Grapes and leaves adorn the plate, bowl, and lid. The bowl has scenes of Burg Landshut and Ruine Graffinburg. The translated inscription reads "On the banks of the river, O Holy Island, & to Green Mountains & Valley, I greet you from my heart 1000 times." Mettlach made a small number of what is called bowle. These are punch bowls and were decorated extensively and almost always had lids & occasionally included a plate, but rarely came with a ladle. This one has a plate but not a ladle. I estimate the age of this piece to be over 100 years. The condition is good with no chips or cracks. There is a scratch on the lid (see photo) and small scratches on the underplate. The inside of the bowl is discolored but I am told these punch bowls held a layer of fruit, layer of sugar, and covered with 180 proof liquor such as rum. This was repeated until the bowl was filled and them it was allowed to ferment. I can only guess what type of punch that would make! This is a rare piece. To properly prepare this set for shipment the handling costs will be $15 in addition to the shipping and insurance.