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Ewer

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1530 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper, beaten and chiselled

  • Museum number:

    579-1865

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This copper ewer was probably a purely decorative object. During the period 1500-1600 in Italy ewers changed from utilitarian objects for carrying and pouring water into pure showpieces.

Ornamental artists designed richly decorated examples, like this one, in the Mannerist style that emerged in Northern Italy in the 1520s. Typically such ewers had the ovate body, trumpet foot, narrow neck and curving handle placed high on the body you can see on this piece.

Itinerant goldsmiths and engraved pattern sheets helped to spread this style of ewer to most of those European countries where there was a flourishing goldsmithing tradition.

Physical description

The ewer is beaten and chiselled; the body is surrounded with bands of foliated scrollwork.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)

Date

ca. 1530 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Copper, beaten and chiselled

Dimensions

Height: 12 in

Descriptive line

Copper ewer decorated with bands of foliated scrollwork, Venetian, ca. 1530

Materials

Copper

Techniques

Chiselled

Subjects depicted

Scrolling foliage

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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