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Ceramics, Room 145

Medici porcelain

Flask
1575-1587 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Flask of soft-paste 'Medici Porcelain', a Fritware made with white Vicenza clay and ground rock crystal with painted floral decoration in blue under a layer of transparent lead-glaze. Of lobed pear-shaped form with a short narrow neck, a ring handle on either side and a horizontal moulding traversing the lobes slightly below the middle. A deep groove runs down each lobe for a short distance from the neck.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Soft-paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue ('Medici Porcelain') and moulded
Brief description
Flask of soft-paste 'Medici Porcelain', white Vicenza clay fritware with painted decoration in blue under transparent lead-glaze, made in Florence, 1575-1587.
Physical description
Flask of soft-paste 'Medici Porcelain', a Fritware made with white Vicenza clay and ground rock crystal with painted floral decoration in blue under a layer of transparent lead-glaze. Of lobed pear-shaped form with a short narrow neck, a ring handle on either side and a horizontal moulding traversing the lobes slightly below the middle. A deep groove runs down each lobe for a short distance from the neck.
Dimensions
  • Height: 17.4cm
Marks and inscriptions
'F' and a depiction of the dome of Florence Cathedral (Painted in blue)
Gallery label
  • Flask 'Medici porcelain' Made in Florence, Italy 1575-87 Marks: "F" and a depiction of the dome of Florence Cathedral Soft-paste 'Medici Porcelain', a Fritware made with white Vicenza clay and ground rock crystal with painted decoration in blue under a layer of transparent lead-glaze C.137-1914 Purchase (Fitzhenry Collection) formerly Collection of M. Leonce Lreoux, Paris In about 1575, Grand Duke Francesco I de Medici, was the first Western ruler to attempt to imitate the translucent white ceramic body of Chinese porcelain, when he set up a pottery in Florence, lead by his court artist Bernardo Buontalenti. The painted decoration in blue, is also based on Chinese examples.(16/07/2008)
  • Bottle Soft-paste 'Medici Porcelain' Made in Florence about 1575-1587 Painted mark: the Dome over F From the M. Léonce Leroux and Fitzhenry Collections C.137-1914 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Object history
Purchase (Fitzhenry Collection). Formerly Collection of M. Leonce Lreoux, Paris. In about 1575, Grand Duke Francesco I de Medici, was the first Western ruler to attempt to imitate the translucent white ceramic body of Chinese porcelain, when he set up a pottery in Florence, lead by his court artist Bernardo Buontalenti. The painted decoration in blue, is also based on Chinese examples.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic references
  • Cora, G. and A. Fanfani. La porcellana dei Medici. Milan, 1986. No. 39.
  • Liefkes, Reino and Hilary Young, eds. Masterpieces of World Ceramics.. London: V & A Publishing, 2008. pp.72-73, ill ISBN 9781 851 775279.
Collection
Accession number
C.137-1914

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Record createdJuly 16, 2008
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