Vintage "The William Tell Tankard" by Franklin Porcelain was a limited edition fine porcelain tankard featuring artwork of Pietro Benvenuti depicting the legend of William Tell and was issued in honor of Father's Day, 1979. (c. 1979) Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs to note. Accented with 24K gold trim.
The essence of the stirring legend of William Tell is the bond of love and trust between father and child. That special feeling is what Father's Day is all about. And that's why Franklin Porcelain has chosen the beloved William Tell theme for the creation of its first annual Father's Day tankard. "The William Tell Tankard" is a supremely beautiful and supremely appropriate Father's Day gift, crafted in fine porcelain, and bordered by hand in pure 24 karat gold.
The tankard bears a finely detailed, original work of art portraying the dramatic climax of the story of William Tell as he aims his crossbow to shoot an apple from the head of his courageous son in defiance of the dictatorial governor. This powerful and evocative scene has a quality of "living" realism that is wholly exceptional.
Cream colored beer stein tankard body with dark brown/black artwork with 24K gold trim.
Pietro Benvenuti (January 8, 1769 – February 3, 1844) was an Italian neoclassical painter. Born in Arezzo, he was influenced by the style of Jacques-Louis David. He was a student of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, then studied in Rome, 1792-1803, where he formed an informal academy with his friend of long standing, Vincenzo Cammuccini, and Luigi Sabatelli. He returned to practice in Arezzo and was called in 1807 to be court painter to Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi and to direct the Florentine Academy. With a group of collaborators and students Benvenuti was commissioned in 1811-12 to decorate the new rooms in Palazzo Pitti, where he painted the Salon of Hercules'.
Another prestigious commission, from the restored Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II, was to fresco the dome of the Capella Medicea at the San Lorenzo, depicting eight grand subjects, taken from the Old and the New Testament, the four Prophets and the four Evangelists. Under his guidance, Carlo Lassinio engraved the Luca Giordano frescoes in Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. He was an associate of the Accademia di Brera, Milan. He died at Florence, while holding the post of Director of the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze, the academy of fine arts in Florence.
This limited edition fine porcelain beer stein tankard by Franklin Porcelain measures 6" tall and tapering down from 4.25" wide at the top, to 4.75" wide at it's base, 6" from the outside edge of the handle to the outside edge of the porcelain stein body, weighing 1 pound 14 ounces and marked on the bottom with "Father's Day 1979 - Franklin Porcelain".
A2170 - Vintage FRANKLIN PORCELAIN Beer Tankard or Beer Stein Mug BENVENUTI / 24K Gold Trim