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Costrel or flask

Costrel or flask

  • Place of origin:

    Pisa (possibly, made)
    Pontorme (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600-1680 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with marbled decoration in white slip

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:

    351-1908

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 43, shelf 6

Physical description

Red earthenware with marbled decoration in white slip and covered with a yellowish glaze. Tall neck and thickly flanged rim. There are two pairs of applied loops on either side designed for the passage of a cord for suspension. Each loop roughly modelled in the shape of lions' masks. Spreading foot. Red earthenware with the upper part marbled with red and white slip and covered mostly with a transparent glaze. The lower part is unglazed.

Place of Origin

Pisa (possibly, made)
Pontorme (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1600-1680 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with marbled decoration in white slip

Dimensions

Height: 12 7/8 in taken from Register, Width: 8 in taken from Register

Object history note

Given by J. H. Fitzhenry (London).

Historical context note

See British Museum catalogue 456 (see References) for information relating to numerous similar costrels found on sites in England, especially in London. Broad costrels like this one are widely found in north Italian slipware. Clay analysis on some examples support a Pisan manufacturing centre. Recent excavations by Anna Moore-Valeri in Pontorme have turned up fragmentary examples.

Descriptive line

Costrel or flask of red earthenware with marbled decoration in white slip and covered with a yellowish glaze. Italian (probably Pontorme or Pisa), about 1600 to 1680.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Thornton, Dora and Timothy Wilson, Italian Renaissance Ceramics. A catalogue of the British Museum collection, The British Museum Press, 2009

Labels and date

Pilgrim bottle
Made in Pisa, Italy 16th or 17th Century

351-1908 Given by J.H. Fitzhenry [16/07/2008]
Costrel or flask, Italy, probably Pontorme or Pisa, about 1600-80
351-1908
Given by J.H. Fitzhenry [2010 (TAB)]

Materials

Earthenware

Categories

Ceramics; Slipware; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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