The old time method of keeping wooden beer barrels seasoned by re-coating the interiors with heated pitch, or tree resin, was done in order to seal the barrels so carbon dioxide did not escape during the fermentation and aging process of the beer. Here, a cooper, most likely at a German brewery, works during the process of seasoning a barrel with pitch in this documentary pictorial study by Leipzig, Germany photographer Albin Fichte. Titled Beim Fasspichen, or loosely translated: "At the Barrel Pitcher" within the lower plate margin, this vintage hand-pulled photogravure was printed in 1900 and included in the important German publication Die Kunst in der Photographie.
Condition: Very Good.
Some foxing to lower and right plate margins along with a 1.7 cm closed tear along lower margin. Please inspect both photographs with listing. (please email if you require additional photos)
image: 16.1 x 18.9 cm
support: 34.7 x 26.9 cm
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