Winter Snows by OHI/Gerz, OHI 004
Artist: Pat Ford, an American wildlife painter
Maker: Gerz/Germany, commissioned by OHI; lithographic transfers printed in U.S. and supplied by OHI.
Size: .5 Liters
Lid: Pewter with figurine. Artwork for the figurine was supplied by OHI, and molds for the figurine were executed exclusively for this stein by Gerz master modeller Edwin Breiden. The figurine is made of hand-painted stoneware.
Design: Full-color lithograph made from an original painting by Pat Ford. The painting was commissioned for the stein. Ms. Ford said of it at the time: "Some ideas come with difficulty. Not so for this stein. From the first, I envisioned a large snow goose as the focal point of my painting...set against a field of cut grain lightly dusted with snow...and the field alive with flocks of geese--both snows and blues--flying in the distance and rising from the field. I lived near some of the wintering grounds of these geese and know first-hand what spectacular sight and sound is produced when thousands of geese lift off the ground. The noise is thundering--too awesome to describe. I have tried to capture part of this force in the painting."
Color: The stein body itself is a dark cobalt blue color accented with 14k gold bands above and below the design.
Text: Only Pat Ford's signature on the body.
Notes: This was the No. 4 stein in OHI's American Wildlife Stein Series. Individually numbered, bottom stamped and limited to 1950 pieces worldwide, the stein was produced and sold out in the mid-1980s. Original retail price was $110. Secondary market examples command a premium.
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