The Artistry of J. W. Remy Steins is a book about the German stoneware manufacturer J. W. Remy and its history through the Golden Age of steins. The company operated from the last quarter of the nineteenth century through both world wars until its closure in 1966.
Immerse yourself in 150 pages of company history and artwork. The full-color image catalog showcases nearly 700 steins and other stoneware products created and manufactured by the company.
By studying the artistry of the J. W. Remy company, you will learn much about everyday life during that period of German history. Images of hunters, hikers, and farmers enjoying steins of beer in local taverns after a day’s events highlight the importance of daily life. Courting scenes, dancing scenes, and ceramic representations of many German artists of the period were modeled.
I have recently finished reading THE ARTISTRY OF J.W. REMY STEINS written by Mr. Lyndal Ayers, who is a member of Stein Collectors Intl.(S.C.I.); and in my opinion, he has done an outstanding job of compiling information on the beer stein artistry of the firm of Johann Wilhelm Remy (J.W.R.). The author also goes into detail on the relationship of Remy's firm with the firm of Johann Peter Thewalt (J.P.T.) in the production of beer steins.
The book is divided into three parts. The first part goes into a thorough, historical overview of J.W. Remy, his family, and heirs. The second part deals with the background of Remy's work, including the artwork and the various styles of steins -- etched, relief, and character, along with their different characteristics and identification involving handles, lids, and capacity marks. This is necessary, because a majority of Remy steins were not marked.
The third and most impressive part of the book is the catalog showcasing the author's collection. Besides being an awesome collection of beer steins, the catalog also serves the useful purpose of identifying Remy steins you may have yourself. Since going through the collection catalog, I have been able to identify Remy steins in my own collection. For that reason, the book pays for itself.
In conclusion, the book is not only a concise study about a particular beer stein company but also a great reference source. This book should be on the shelf of anyone who seriously collects antique beer steins.