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  • Place of origin:

    Höchst (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hess, Georg Friedrich (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware with painted decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the H. B. Murray Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 50, shelf 2

Physical description

A scrolling bracket in violet supports a figure of Bacchus holding a vine-wand and a dish with a chicken and a rococo medallion containing a fishing scene in crimson camaiou, the figure of Bacchus in two shades of mustard yellow. Over the field are scattered flowers in bright colours, painted to conceal blemishes in the glaze. Unmarked.

Place of Origin

Höchst (made)


ca. 1750 (made)


Hess, Georg Friedrich (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware with painted decoration


Height: 9 in taken from Register

Object history note

Bought from A. Spero, London.
Originally thought to have been painted by Ignaz Hess about 1755.

Historical context note

Note in Register: (June 14, 1968) Set of three vases. Painted by the elder, Frederick Hess; the father of Ignaz Hess, c.1750. Information supplied by Dr. Horst Reber, Historisches Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Descriptive line

Vase of buff earthenware covered with a tin glaze and painted with colours. Probably painted by Fredrich Hess. German (Hochst), c.1750.

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

Klar, M., 'Fayencen von Ignaz Hess', Pantheon, XIII (1934)
Reber, H., Die Kurmainzische Porzellanmanufaktur Hochst, Band II, Fayencen, Munich 1986

Labels and date

Painted by Ignaz Hess, Höchst, Germany about 1755
Tin-glazed earthenware

C.238-1931 Bought with funds from the H.B. Murray Bequest [16/07/2008]

Production Note

Friedrich Hess was the father of Ignaz Hess.


Tin glaze; Earthenware




Ceramics; Faience; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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