Josef. M. Mayer

Glas-, Porzellan- und Steinguthandlung Jos. M. Mayer 
Sonnenstraße 25, Löwengrube 1, Weinstraße 18, Bayernstraße 3, Neuhauserstraße 30, Munich. Bavaria. 
Zinngießerei & Malerei. / Pewterers & Decorators

Josef Maier Mayer (1860-1924) was born in Steinach an der Saale in Lower Franconia where a small Jewish community had existed since the 17th century. He settled in Munich in 1888 and established a stoneware business that same year at Sonnenstraße 25, followed by the "Glas-, Porzellan- und Steinguthandlung Jos. M. Mayer" a few months later at Löwengrube 1. The business moved to Weinstraße 18 in 1890. In 1893, Mayer managed to rent especially prestigeous business premises facing the road in the "Mathäser Bierhalle" building, the largest beer hall in Munich, at Bayerstraße 3, which was completed that same year to plans by August Exter (1858-1933). The business moved one last time to Neuhauserstraße 30 in 1903. 

Character steins, which were popular in the 1880s and 1890s, formed the core of the business in the first few years after the founding of the company "Jos. M. Mayer." In an advertisement from 1889, the company described itself as the "largest glass, porcelain, majolica, and Old German stoneware factory outlet" referring to its own pewter foundry and porcelain paintshop, and drawing attention to its "very particular specialities: character beer steins of the Muncher Kindl with inset photograph, together with beer steins with the Royal Hofbräuhaus, the Münchner Kindl, and the City Hall, etc. painted on steins." 

After Josef M. Mayer's death in 1924, his wife, Ernestine, carried on running the business at Neuhauserstraße 30. The couple had had no children. In addition to glass, porcelain, and stoneware she also sold silver items up until her death in 1933. Josef M. and Ernestine Mayer were buried in the New Jewish Cemetery in Munich. After her death, the business passed into the hands of Friedrich and Theodor Mayer; who were neither Jewish nor related to Josef M. and Ernestine Mayer. They ran a kitchenware business until the premises was destroyed in World War II. 

Purchased stein bodies from: Reinhold Hanke, C.G. Schierholz, Marzi & Remy  Merkelbach & Wick  Dümler & Breiden #237  August Saeltzer

Reference: Text supplied by Bernhard Purin, Director of the Jewish Museum, Munich. Character Steins   Digital Bibliothek

Josef. M. Mayer 14-10-6-2Cast mark on the underside of a stein lid
Josef. M. Mayer 3This is the incised marking on the base of a two foot tall Münchner Kindl, It is a magnificent moulding from an unknown potter.
Josef. M. Mayer 12-9-28-2
Josef. M. Mayer 12-9-28-1 The above two photos are of outside of the foot of yet another Münchner Kindl.
Josef. M. Mayer 12-3-26-1 Impressed base mark on relief Merkelbach & Wick stein.
Josef. M. Mayer 6 Porcelain Münchner Kindl stein by C.G Schierholz (& Sohn) of Plau.
Josef. M. Mayer 50 Handwritten mark on the Münchner Kindl featured above. The unknown lithophane can just be seen.
Josef. M. Mayer 12-5-17-1 Vendor's name proudly on the outside of the foot of another Münchner Kindl.
Josef. M. Mayer 13-7-21-1 Same Münchner Kindl. Different signature.
Josef. M. Mayer 14-10-6-1Porcelain Saeltzer stein of the early 20th century, with Jos. M. Mayer and Munchen on the shank of the lid assembly, similar to the one shown below.
Josef. M. Mayer 11-4-5-2Touch mark on tang of stein lid on a glass stein.
Josef. M. Mayer 11-4-5-1Touch mark on reverse of same tang of stein lid on a glass stein.
Glas-, Porzellan- und Steinguthandlung Jos. M. Mayer 18-7-7-1 Ink stamp on a Merkelbach & Wick Schlossbräu, of Planegg, nr. Munich, brewery stein.

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