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Jug

Jug

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1865 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Devers, Joseph (Giuseppe) (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, painted in enamel colours

  • Museum number:

    706-1869

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 37, shelf 5

Joseph (Giuseppe) Devers (1823-1882) was born in Turin and trained as a painter and sculptor. After some work in Italy he moved to Paris in 1849 to further his training under Ary Scheffer and François Rude. He established his own pottery in rue Hallé, Montrouge, Paris, working there from 1853-1871, when he returned to Turin as Professor of Ceramics at the Accademia Albertina.

Devers designed both decorative wares and architectural ceramics, such as for the churches of La Trinité and St-Amboise, with panels made at the specialist tileworks of Maison Pichenot-Loebnitz. Throughout his career, his classical training underpinned his designs and he was much influenced by the faience of the 15th century Della Robbia family of Florence. He was especially attracted to the rich background colours of blue or gold and frequently used motifs associated with Italian or French Renaissance ornament. This jug imitates a Venetian type and matches the mid-19th century fashionable interest in historical styles.

Physical description

Jug, ovoid body, on foot with scrolled spout and raised handle in the form of a winged, fish-tailed griffin in imitation of a renaissance Venetian pattern, decorated on the body with the Lion of St Marks holding a book with the letters 'A.W.'. In the centre of the neck, a raised medallion with the monogram 'C.G.'

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1865 (made)

Artist/maker

Devers, Joseph (Giuseppe) (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, painted in enamel colours

Marks and inscriptions

'Fatto con limo Veneziano in Parigi da Devers 1865' and a shield, painted
Painted

Dimensions

Height: 29 cm

Descriptive line

C, French

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Painted

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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